In an e-mail to Matt Cerrone, Adam Rubin, whose stint at ESPNNewYork.com starts next week, said he was told be a major league source that both Sean Green and Bobby Parnell are expected to start the season in Buffalo.
With those two subtractions from the 25-man roster, spots are open for three of Hisanori Takahashi, Nelson Figueroa, Jenrry Mejia or Kiko Calero. My guess: The first three of those four make the team, with Calero getting called up a few weeks in.
Rubin also notes that Chris Coste is on waivers and can be picked up by any team. If he doesn’t get picked up, the Mets can send him Triple-A, if Coste chooses to accept it.
Not really a surprise here.
With Green and Parnell heading to Buffalo, one wonders if Parnell might be worked more as a starting pitcher, as was the plan for the second half of last season before it was scrapped. Green, whose $975,000 contract is guaranteed, will be sitting pretty in Buffalo waiting for a spot to open up on the big squad.
This seriously messes with my 25-man roster predictions.