Should MLB rosters expand to 30 players in 2020, who would make the New York Mets? Here is an early look at the roster, the Amazins would go to battle with this season.
If Major League Baseball and the Players Association can agree on playing baseball in 2020, there will be some changes. One of the significant changes will be with the rosters. With the prospect of a condensed season, MLB has proposed team use a 30-player roster and keep a 20-player taxi squad. An expanded roster could work very well for the New York Mets, especially if there is a universal designated hitter.
The current labor agreement called for MLB rosters to expand from 25 to 26 players in 2020. Most spring training battles come down to the final two-to-four spots on the squad. With the proposed 30-man roster, those guys make it this year, and the standard slides a little further down to make up the rest of the squad. The four new spots will be essential with more doubleheaders than usual and no minor league players to fall back on.
How the taxi squad would work or how often it can be used is unknown at this time. Conceivably a team could overuse the bullpen on Tuesday and have four fresh relief pitchers ready to go on Wednesday. Additionally, the disposition of players who were injured before the season begins is another question. There probably won’t be an injured list so someone like Noah Syndergaard, who had Tommy John surgery at the end of March, will occupy one of the 20 spots.
Here is the first look at the 30 players who will compete for the New York Mets in 2020.