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Diving into the depths: New York Mets

Feb 1, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training.
New York Mets
1. Johan Santana
2. John Maine
3. Mike Pelfrey
4. Oliver Perez
5. Fernando Nieve
6. Jon Niese
7. Pat Misch
8. Nelson Figueroa
9. Tobi Stoner
10. Josh Fogg
11. Bobby Parnell
12. Elmer Dessens
13. Jack Egbert
14. R.A. Dickey
15. Jenrry Mejia
It’s hard to believe the Mets are really about to enter spring training with that rotation. Sure, there’s considerable upside, but Santana is coming off elbow surgery, Maine has had shoulder problems, Pelfrey had a 5.03 ERA last year and Perez is the biggest question mark of them all.
Nieve is supposed to enter spring training with a leg up on Niese, though that makes little sense to me. Nieve does have the talent to help the Mets as a starter, but he hasn’t turned in a healthy season since 2005.
1. Francisco Rodriguez
2. Kelvim Escobar
3. Pedro Feliciano
4. Ryota Igarashi
5. Bobby Parnell
6. Sean Green
7. Nelson Figueroa
8. Pat Misch
9. Fernando Nieve
10. Josh Fogg
11. R.A. Dickey
12. Clint Everts
13. Jack Egbert
14. Tobi Stoner
15. Elmer Dessens
16. Eddie Kunz
17. Arturo Lopez
18. Jay Marshall
The Mets opened up some additional bullpen competition by trading Brian Stokes for Gary Matthews Jr. They do have plenty of depth, particularly when it comes to swingmen. Figueroa, Misch, Nieve, Fogg, Dickey and Dessens are all capable of moving back and forth between the rotation and the pen. Still, they’re going to be hurting in the seventh and eighth innings if neither Escobar nor Igarashi comes through.

1. Omir Santos
2. Henry Blanco
3. Josh Thole
4. Chris Coste
First base
1. Daniel Murphy
2. Fernando Tatis
3. Frank Catalanotto
4. Mike Hessman
5. Ike Davis
6. Nick Evans
7. Chris Carter
8. Mike Cervenak
Second base
1. Luis Castillo
2. Alex Cora
3. Anderson Hernandez
4. Fernando Tatis
5. Russ Adams
1. Jose Reyes
2. Alex Cora
3. Anderson Hernandez
4. Andy Green
Third base
1. David Wright
2. Fernando Tatis
3. Mike Hessman
4. Mike Cervenak
5. Shawn Bowman
The Mets should be among the worst in the league at catcher and first base. Perhaps second base, too, unless Castillo can bounce back a bit defensively. I like Tatis, but the Mets probably would have been better off paying the price for Carlos Delgado and pushing Murphy into a reserve role.
Left field
1. Jason Bay
2. Angel Pagan
3. Gary Matthews Jr.
4. Fernando Tatis
5. Frank Catalanotto
6. Daniel Murphy
7. Fernando Martinez
8. Nick Evans
9. Chris Carter
Center field
1. Carlos Beltran
2. Angel Pagan
3. Gary Matthews Jr.
4. Fernando Martinez
Right field
1. Jeff Francoeur
2. Angel Pagan
3. Gary Matthews Jr.
4. Fernando Martinez
5. Fernando Tatis
Pagan deserves every opportunity to start in center field while Beltran is out at the beginning of the year. It’d be bad news for the Mets if Matthews hits .400 this spring and wins the job.

  1. graves9 - Feb 1, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Delgado can’t move at all. The Mets are bad enough on the right side with Castillo at least Murphy has real good range. Delgado had what two or threee extra base hits in winter ball? Anderson Hernandez does better than that every winter. If you don’t believe in Murphy(understandable) a guy like Larouche made more sense than Delgado. Santos sucks and Blanco is backup but again is Torrealba or Barajas an upgrade? I prefered Zaun as a free agent or Shoppach in a trade but Omar never looked at them. The rotation will be pretty awful most likely.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 1, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    I don’t know why, but I think that the 2010 Mets are going to make the 1962 Mets look like the 1927 Borg. Just a sick feeling in the duodenum, you know? Then again, my Feesh need to be able to beat somebody besides the Gnats and Pirates.

  3. hdarvick - Feb 2, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Once in the 2009 Mets rotation (Aug-Oct), Nelson Figueroa averaged 6 1/3 innings per start in 8 games (3.22 ERA), 4.09 overall for 2009 (70 1/3 innings)- lower than half of last season’s NL starters. In his last start, he pitched the Mets only complete game shutout at CitiField. In 17 starts for the 2009 Buffalo Bisons (112 innings), he averaged 6 2/3 innings per start(2.25 ERA), pitched in the Triple A All-Star Game and was IL Pitcher of the Week twice. That’s a total of 182 1/3 innings pitched in 2009. He helped the Escogido Leones win the 2010 Dominican Winter League championship to represent the Dominican Republic in the Caribe World Series which begins this afternoon (MLB TV). Just thought you’d like to know as you think of the Mets 2010 starting rotation.

  4. olMet - Feb 2, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    The Mets, to win at Citi Field, have to have ball players that make contact, hit for average, are fast, and play defense. Forget about Home Runs and .250 hitters. Like it or not, Castillo closely fits the mold(this year). I believe that Beltran will hit a ton this year, and Murphy will hit for average. Thole has already proven he will hit at this level, and for average(endure his defense, and get him a proctor). Be aggressive in bringing up replacements when needed, from the minors, IF they fit the mold. Get rid of the garbage on this team.

  5. Drew - Feb 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    olMet, I like Castillo more than most people, but he doesn’t really fit the mold of being fast or playing defense at this point in his career.

  6. Reggae Dancehall - Feb 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Haha so true.

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