Terry Collins told reporters Sunday that Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, Antonio Bastardo, Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles are his locks to make the Opening Day bullpen, likely leaving two spots open.
Meanwhile, reliever Erik Goeddel said Sunday that he will be ready when the season starts, despite suffering a right lat strain in late February. It's good that he's confident, because he's essentially fighting for a roster spot.
I still see a direct competition for one middle reliever between Goeddel and Jim Henderson, as well as a separate long-man competition between Sean Gilmartin and Logan Verrett.
There is still plenty of time to make a final decision. However, I assume the front office and coaching staff will be paying extra attention to Goeddel's next appearance, because Henderson has been impressive all throughout camp. He's throwing hard, looks strong and is showing no after-effects of the shoulder surgery he had in 2014.
I am not certain how things will play out. But, my hunch is Sandy Alderson would prefer to stash Henderson in Triple-A, where he can opt of his contract only after June 15. And, in his place on the major-league roster, Alderson would instead carry Goeddel, who is already on the 40-man roster.
However, if Goeddel isn't ready, do the Mets add Henderson to the roster and essentially lock him in to that slot through the season (because he'd have to pass through waivers before accepting a minor-league assignment)? Or, do they send Henderson to Triple-A now, know he's in the mix if needed, and instead add both Gilmartin and Verrett?
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