Mets Rumors & News
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Yesterday, courtesy of the Journal News‘ John Delcos, we began to see how the Mets’ opening day roster will shape out in the next day or two. Veteran Aaron Sele and rookie Joe Smith are headed to the bullpen, while outfielder Ben Johnson was ticketed for AAA, indicating that if the team decides to keep an extra bat during the season’s early weeks it will almost certainly be Lastings Milledge.

In his first game since returning from a badly bruised right hand (via a HBP last Sunday), Milledge went 1-for-2 yesterday afternoon with an RBI-single. Whether or not the Mets will have a roster spot for him hinges on the decision whether to carry 11 pitchers at the start of the year or 12. The team has three days off in the season’s first 10 days and plan on utilizing a 4-man rotation during that period, therefore it seems an almost certainty that 5th starter Mike Pelfrey will begin the season in the minors or in extended spring training down at Port St. Lucie.

The team currently has 10 spots on their pitching staff signed and sealed: starters Tom Glavine, Orlando Hernandez, John Maine and Oliver Perez, and relievers Billy Wagner, Aaron Heilman, Scott Schoeneweis, Pedro Feliciano, Joe Smith and Aaron Sele. If the team indeed carries just 11 pitchers, that leaves one spot remaining in the bullpen for one of either Ambiorix Burgos, Chan Ho Park, or Jon Adkins.

In The New York Times, Ben Shpigel indicates that the Mets are inclined to take Burgos’ power arm north, though such a move would probably mean the end of Park’s time in orange and blue as it’s highly unlikely he’ll accept a demotion to AAA. Adkins’ chances of making the team seem slim to none.

Unless manager Willie Randolph opts for another arm in the bullpen, the final spot on the 25-man roster would then go to Millege.

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