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Two familiar faces should make the Mets’ roster

Mar 19, 2014, 11:34 AM EST

Daisuke Matsuzaka AP

I haven’t been following the Mets’ roster moves too terribly closely this spring so maybe this isn’t news to hardcore Mets fans, but Jon Heyman says that he believes both Jose Valverde and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to make the Mets’ 25-man roster. Matsuzaka should make the rotation.

The two veterans have some things in common. Both were in Mets camp on minor league deals. Both had dreadful 2013 seasons. Both tend to exasperate their teams’ fans and inspire chuckles in opponents’ fans when they’re called into games. But both have also had success in the past too, and with the Mets largely in a holding pattern for 2015 and/or the return of Matt Harvey (whichever comes first) there’s some amount of sense in getting as much mileage out of these old war horses as they can.

  1. mriccio1213 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    As a Mets fan, I’d rather see Mejia in the rotation instead of Dice-K. Mejia was great last year in limited action

  2. sdelmonte - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Dice-K did decently last season, so I think he was the frontrunner for the five spot.

    Mejia seems to be in some strange limbo place that is supposed to be decided once and for all, as to whether he is a starter or a reliever. If a starter, the theory is that he will do better in the minors. But if Dice-K flames out, I expect Mejia would get the call first.

    Valverde will try to shore up a leaky bullpen. Parnell’s health is still iffy, Vic Black hasn’t had a good spring, and there is very little depth otherwise. Which comes back to whether Mejia makes the move to relief or not.

  3. drewsylvania - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    This tells you all you need to know about the Mets this year. :(

  4. missingdiz - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Great combination! Town where everybody is in a hurry 24/7 and the pitcher who makes time stand still.

  5. arrooo - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Jesse Orasco is next

    • aceshigh11 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Bring back the Scum Bunch!

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