PORT ST. LUCIE — If at full health — and considering the organization maybe that term should come with a laugh track — the Mets’ 26-man roster has little mystery.
The full squad takes the field for the first time Monday and based on performance, lack of minor league options and salaries, there are 26 obvious players for 26 spots. Now that includes Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie, and you wouldn’t exactly go to Vegas and bet on that duo being active at Citi Field March 26 vs. the Nationals.
Tomas Nido is out of options, but unless the new swing he is working on translates into an uptick in offense, the Mets could go with Rene Rivera or reach out for a free agent such as Russell Martin to be Wilson Ramos’ backup. Also, Luis Guillorme is not currently one of the 26, but if injury opens a roster spot he would make it unless the Mets seek better shortstop backup to Amed Rosario.
For the most part, though, what you see now will open the season on a roster that Brodie Van Wagenen describes as “having more answers than a year ago.” Agreed. The Mets still are worrisome if they have to rely too much beyond their 26, but the major league roster is made sturdier by…