Now that the starters are out of the way, we take a look at which bullpen arms are likely to break camp with the New York Mets.
Twenty-nine pitchers were invited by the New York Mets front office to attend spring training in 2017. 19 of them are currently on the Mets 40-man roster while 10 are non-roster invitees. Depending on how manager Terry Collins wants to construct his roster, the group of 29 is competing for one of only 12 or 13 opening day pitching roster spots.
ESNY has broken down each of the pitchers invited to camp this year and determined which 13 we think Terry Collins should choose to break camp with the big league club.
Part II in the series will focus on the seven relievers that ESNY believes should break camp with the Mets. Part one dealt with the multiple aces, the starting pitchers.
The backend of the Mets bullpen is pretty locked as both the closer and set up roles are filled by incumbents. There are, however, several roles leading up to the eighth inning still up for grabs. We’ll examine all the Mets options here starting with the closer: