Rafael Montero Could Land On Opening Day Roster, In Bullpen

By Joe D.

March 17, 2014 No comments

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Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the Mets are considering carrying Rafael Montero on their Opening Day roster, but not as a replacement for Jon Niese. Instead he’ll pitch out of the bullpen.

What a way to kill a prospect’s value… You would think they learned their lesson with Jenrry Mejia.

Could you imagine ignoring Montero’s Super 2 and also losing a year of control just so he could pitch a few innings of relief in the back of a bullpen managed by Terry Collins?

The Mets are likely concerned with Vic Black‘s spring as well as Niese’s injury and they just might be having a bit of temporary insanity. Hopefully calmer minds will prevail in this morning.

DiComo says that Jenrry Mejia and John Lannan are also in the mix, but heck we already knew that.

If Niese isn’t ready to begin the season by Opening Day, they should have Mejia in the rotation and stick with their plan to go with Lannan as the second lefty in the bullpen.

If Black starts the season in the minors, then bring back Jeff Walters from minor league camp and lets get a longer look at him before the season starts.

(Feature Photo Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger)