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Here you can find the guys who are anything but sure bets to be productive members of a shaky bullpen. Whether it be because of health, age or diminishing talent, these are the players who might not make the big league roster:
A name New York Mets fans know well, Pedro Feliciano pitched in flushing from 2002-2004, and then again from 2006-2010, before signing a two-year, $8 million deal with the New York Yankees in 2011. Yet Feliciano didn't throw a pitch for the Mets' crosstown rival because of a devastating shoulder injury.
Obviously, Sandy Alderson believes that Feliciano can make an impact, despite the shoulder issues of his past. After all, Feliciano was an absolute workhorse and racked up 344 appearances from 2007-2010 before heading to the Bronx. If he can stay on the mound—and that's a big "if"—the Mets will have found a go-to lefty specialist.
Either way, Feliciano only received a minor league deal, so it won't be too much of a problem—financially, at least—if he doesn't pan out.
The main complaint amongst fans regarding LaTroy Hawkins has to do with his age, but such grumblings will subside if he looks effective and healthy in spring training and stays on the mound.
Sure, he's 40 years old, but his 3.64 ERA in 2012 tells another tale. Last season wasn't an unexpected resurgence for the aging righty either, as he has managed a sub-four ERA in every season but one since 2007.
Another member of the Mets' "Veterans With Minor League Contract" club, Hawkins will get a shot to make the Opening Day roster. Given the lack of competition, don't be surprised if Hawkins finds himself in a mop-up role.
Scott Atchison is 36 years old, but he posted a 1.58 ERA in 51.1 innings with the Boston Red Sox last season. Expecting him to repeat those efforts in 2013 would be ridiculous, but at the small price of a minor league contract, Atchison is worth a shot.
The main concern with Atchison is the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which he partially tore in July and decided against surgery (via MLB.com). If his UCL stays intact, the Mets will get plenty of bang for their buck.