Happy Holidays! I just finished a busy stretch with work etc. and am celebrating my first morning off with the first numerical roster of the 2011 season. As you’ll see below, there are plenty of vacancies as well as unassigned players at this point, and at least one seeming controversy: 40-man rosteree Tobi Stoner and first baseman Ike Davis are both listed as wearing No. 29, though as reported here frequently we’d be surprised if Davis is not wearing the newly sprung No. 20 when the games begin.
Unassigned players on the 40-man roster:
Manny Alvarez, P
Pedro Beato, P
D.J. Carrasco, P
Armando Rodriguez, P
Josh Stinson, P
Tobi Stoner, P
Ronny Paulino, C
Brad Emaus, INF
Zach Lutz, INF
Jordanny Valdespin, INF
Dave Hudgens, hitting coach
Mookie Wilson, first base coach
Ken Oberkfell, bench coach
Jon Debus, bullpen coach
Current numerical roster:
1 Luis Castillo, 2B
2 Justin Turner, 2B
3 Luis Hernandez, INF
4 Vacant (was Henry Blanco, who signed with Arizona)
5 David Wright, 3B
6 Nick Evans, OF
7 Jose Reyes, SS
9 Vacant (was Omir Santos, who signed a minor league deal with Detroit)
10 Terry Collins, manager
11 Ruben Tejada, INF
12 Vacant (was Joaquin Arias)
13 Mike Nickeas, C
15 Carlos Beltran, OF
16 Angel Pagan, OF
17 Vacant (was Fernando Tatis)
18 Ryota Igarashi, P
19 Vacant (was Mike Hessman, who will become a superstar with the Orix Buffalos of Japan)
20 Vacant (was Howard Johnson, reassigned hitting coach)
21 Lucas Duda, OF
22 Vacant (was Raul Valdes, who signed a minor league deal with St. Louis)
23 Vacant (was Chris Carter, non-tendered)
25 Vacant (was Pedro Feliciano, allegedly on the brink of signing with the Yankees)
26 Fernando Martinez, OF
27 Vacant (was Jesus Feliciano, free agent)
28 Daniel Murphy, 1B-2B-OF
29 Ike Davis, 1B
30 Josh Thole, C
32 Jenrry Mejia, P
33 Vacant (was John Maine, nontendered)
34 Mike Pelfrey, P
35 Dillon Gee, P
36 Manny Acosta, P
38 Vacant (was Fernando Nieve, who signed a minor league deal with Pittsburgh)
39 Bobby Parnell, P
40 Vacant (was Eddie Kunz, no longer on 40-man roster)
43 R.A. Dickey, P
44 Jason Bay, OF
46 Oliver Perez, P
47 Vacant (was Hisanori Takahashi, who signed with Angels)
48 Pat Misch, P
49 Jon Niese, P
50 Vacant (was Sean Green, who signed with Milwaukee)
51 Chip Hale, 3rd base Coach
52 Vacant (was first-base coach Razor Shines, not retained)
53 Vacant (was manager Jerry Manuel, not retained)
54 Vacant? (roster still lists Dave Racaniello, Bullpen Catcher)
55 Vacant (was Randy Niemann, Bullpen Coach, not retained)
56 Vacant (was Dave Jauss, Bench Coach, not retained)
57 Johan Santana, P
59 Dan Warthen, pitching coach
64 Vacant (was Elmer Dessens, free agent)
75 Francisco Rodriguez, P
92 Jason Pridie, OF
Submitted by Gordon Handler (not verified) on Thu, 12/30/2010 – 9:39pm.
Chin-lung Hu picked up from the Dodgers wore number 60 last year. No reason not to let him have it.
Submitted by Tad (not verified) on Tue, 01/04/2011 – 11:02am.
18 now vacant.
Capuano and Buchholz
Submitted by gored82 on Tue, 01/04/2011 – 5:33pm.
Chris Capuano wore 39 for Milwaukee and Taylor Buchholz wore 35 for Colorado and 30 for Toronto.
Submitted by Matt B on Tue, 01/04/2011 – 8:07pm.
Hu will probably get a more respectable number. I am not positive, but I don’t think the Mets have assigned #60 since prospect Brian Cole wore it in Spring Training back in 2001, and then tragically died in a car accident.
Submitted by gored82 on Tue, 01/04/2011 – 9:09pm.
Assuming Hu makes the team, I could see him in a number like 12 or 23…
Hu are yu
Submitted by Jon Springer on Tue, 01/04/2011 – 11:45pm.
I think you’re right about the No. 60 thing, Matt.
I don’t think Capuano or Buchholz have the juice to dictate much, can’t see Parnell switching jerseys. I would guess Hu could ultimately wind up in 3, given what his presence means for the prospects of Luis Hernandez. Hu is also out of options.
Submitted by gored82 on Wed, 01/05/2011 – 8:40am.
I agree about Parnell switching, but if Capuano’s healthy, he could be a nice sleeper in any number – maybe 38.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 01/12/2011 – 9:07pm.
ike is not gonna switch from 29…theres already so much #29 merchandise in his name including the i like ike shirt he made