Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mets have several players to protect for rule V

As the season comes to an end the Mets need to decide who to protect before the rule five draft at the winter meetings.  College players drafted in 2008 and high school players from 2007 have to be added to the 40 man roster or will be venerable to the draft. 

The Mets currently have 44 players on the 40 man roster with 5 players not counting because they are on the 60 day DL.  They will have plenty of spots, ten players on the current roster are free agents at the end of the year and that doesn't include arbitration eligible players who maybe non-tendered.

New York Post Tim Bontemps takes a look at a few of the prominent prospects who need to be protected, I believe all three have a chance of being on next year's active roster.  Brad Holt in the pen, Reeses Havens at 2B or on the bench and Kirk Nieuwenhuis could become the centerfielder. 

Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Mets third-round pick in 2008): Nieuwenhuis was tearing through the International League for Triple-A Buffalo this spring when he was lost for the second half of the season with a shoulder injury. Like Havens, expect the center fielder to be kept, and possibly have a shot at winning a starting job for the Mets next season. source NY Post