Joel Sherman of the NY Post believes that the bench is all but finalized except for the very last spot.
He surmises, and correctly I might add, that Ramon Castro, Fernando Tatis, Alex Cora and Jeremy Reed have all secured spots on the Opening Day roster.
He further believes that the last spot will come down to either Nick Evans or Marlon Anderson.
The Mets owe Anderson $1.15 million this year and he does have experience as a bench player/pinch-hitter. Evans has had a strong spring offensively and the Mets could use the righty diversity. However, Evans — at this moment — is a poor defender just about any place he would be put.
The Mets can have both players make the team for a week and simply not put Livan Hernandez on the roster until April 12. But that is only a temporary choice.
Personally, even if it means eating his contract or paying a part of it and trading him to another team, I’d part ways with Anderson and keep Evans.
His enthusiasm is so refreshing and that’s the kind of thing that can spread in a clubhouse that may still be a little spooked.
Who would you rather have on the team to start the season?