|Just signed a minor league contract with the Phillies as Utley insurance|
It looks like Byrdak is going to be the only lefty in the 'pen, since Tankersley was re-assigned to minor league camp last week. Byrdak is not a member of the team's 40-man roster, nor is Isringhausen, so they will presumably take the spots of Castillo and Perez.
Here is an updated look at the 25-man opening day roster in my opinion:
Position Players: 13
C Beltran (DL tho?)
Last spot: N Evans/W Harris/L Duda (only if they think Beltran will be out for a significant amount of time)
Missing: P Misch, M Acosta
B Parnell has options so he could go to the minors if need be to prevent the Mets from losing Misch or Acosta to waivers.
My thoughts: I would keep N Evans for the final position player and allow W Harris to only make the team if/when Beltran starts the year on the DL. Willie Harris is in camp on a minor-league deal, and is at the end of his career. The Mets can't make a stupid short-sighted move and put Evans on waivers just so Willie Harris can provide "a good clubhouse." This will be another Alex Cora move all over again.
I also do not want to lose Acosta to waivers, so we need to find a way to keep him on the team. Although I love the Jason Isringhausen story, I'd rather have Acosta for the next few years then Isringhausen for this season (if he even makes it through healthy).
How do you want the last couple roster spots to end up?