Mets pitchers and catchers are now in spring training and getting ready for the upcoming 2013 regular season. This is a time where players review their fundamentals, do conditioning exercises and most importantly, prepare for the regular season.
Most of the Mets' major league roster will remain intact and certain additions are pretty much guaranteed to be on the roster as well.
Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and David Wright will be playing first base, second base, shortstop and third base for the Mets, respectively. Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter are the favorites to be the Mets' starting outfielders. John Buck will temporarily be the starting catcher until Travis D'Arnaud is ready to get called up. Anthony Recker will very likely be the backup catcher while Buck is starting. Colin Cowgill and Justin Turner will be two members of the Mets' bench.
On the pitching side, the Mets' Opening Day rotation looks set, which will include Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Shaun Marcum and Dillon Gee. Finally, the Mets' bullpen will include Bobby Parnell, Brandon Lyon, Josh Edgin, Jeremy Hefner and Robert Carson. Frank Francisco is currently sidelined with inflammation in his elbow.
With this being said, it looks as if a few spots on the Mets' bench and bullpen could be up for grabs during spring training. Here are five players that could be fighting for a roster spot for the next month.