6 Biggest Winners and Losers of Mets Spring Training
Spring training is almost done, and this means that roster cuts and adjustments have either been made or need to be made in order to come up with the best possible 25-man roster for Opening Day.
This time of year can be very rewarding for those who make the Opening Day roster or very disappointing for those who are either optioned to the minor leagues or released.
Here are three big winners and three big losers for the New York Mets' spring training this year.
Spring training statistics are courtesy of MLB.com.
Winner No. 1: Ruben Tejada
With the recent news that Wilmer Flores, among others, was demoted to the minor leagues, this can only mean that Ruben Tejada will be the Mets' Opening Day shortstop.
Tejada is hitting .216 in spring training this year with three doubles, one RBI and three walks.
It will be interesting to see how well Tejada plays early in the regular season and if he will remain the starter for at least most of the season.
Loser No. 1: Wilmer Flores
Flores, of course, was among some of the Mets players who were recently sent to the minor leagues. He will probably work on improving his defense at shortstop while he is there. If Tejada plays poorly in the regular season, there is definitely a chance Flores will get called up and start at shortstop.
Flores was hitting .238 with one double, two home runs, nine RBI and five walks in spring training before the demotion.
Winner No. 2: Andrew Brown
Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis were among the other players recently sent to the minor leagues. This probably means that Andrew Brown will be one of the Mets' backup outfielders on the Opening Day roster.
Brown has been hitting .256 with two doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI and one walk in spring training. He will likely be one of the Mets' top right-handed pinch hitters off the bench.
Loser No. 2: Matt Den Dekker
Despite hitting .350 with two doubles, six RBI and six walks in spring training, den Dekker became the odd man out for the Mets' Opening Day outfield depth chart that will likely include Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Eric Young Jr., Juan Lagares and Brown.
This has to be a disappointment for den Dekker, who had played so well in spring training. But on the plus side, he will be able to play every day in the minor leagues instead of being on a major league bench. And someone like den Dekker needs to get more and more at-bats in order to develop further as a hitter.
More than likely, den Dekker should get called up at some point this season in case someone gets hurt or plays particularly poorly.
Winner No. 3: Carlos Torres
According to manager Terry Collins, Carlos Torres will be a part of the Mets' Opening Day bullpen.
Torres is 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in six spring training appearances. He will likely be the Mets' long reliever and occasional spot starter if an injury to one of the starters were to occur.
Loser No. 3: Josh Edgin
Although Josh Edgin was cut earlier this month, he is still one of the biggest losers for the Mets this year in spring training.
In three spring training appearances, Edgin had a 12.00 ERA. His demotion could result in the Mets possibly using John Lannan as a second left-handed reliever, along with Scott Rice.