New York Mets: An early look at a 30-man roster and Taxi Squad

Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto New York Mets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto New York Mets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Edwin Diaz, New York Mets. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /


  • Edwin Diaz – The New York Mets desperately need Diaz to return to form after a dismal New York debut last year.
  • Seth Lugo – He keeps getting better, and the Amazins will need him more than ever if the starters falter.
  • Robert Gsellman – Hasn’t developed as quickly as Lugo, but Gsellman is a good pitcher who can fill a variety of roles.
  • Justin Wilson – Injuries slowed him at the beginning of last season. By the end of it, Wilson and Lugo were the team’s best relievers.
  • Dellin Betances – The former Yankees setup man was signed as a free agent after he missed 99 percent of last season with injuries.
  • Jeurys Familia – 35-pounds lighter, Familia was embarrassed by his 2019 stinker. His jacked physique shows he is out for redemption.
  • Brad Brach – Brach did a good job out of the Mets pen at the end of 2019.
  • Stephen Gonsalves – Narrowly beats Chasen Shreve out for the last spot on the roster because he can start if necessary.
  • Daniel Zamora – Young lefty with a little zip. Sometimes throwing from the south-side gets you a Major League job.

The success of the Mets closer will define bullpen. If Edwin Diaz is the 2018 version GM Brodie Van Wagenen traded for a year ago, the unit will be an asset. On the other hand, should Diaz continue his Steve Blass-esque meltdown, someone else will have to step up. That would either be Seth Lugo or Jeurys Familia.

Focusing on the positive, Diaz nails down the ninth as the Mets closer. Bridging the gap from the starters to Diaz should be a good group of pitchers which includes, Lugo Robert Gesellman, Familia, Justin Wilson, and hopefully a restored Dellin Betances. Brad Brach, Stephen Gonsalves, and Daniel Zamora, as well as a few members of the Taxi Squad, are there to eat innings.