The following are the Mets eligible for the Rule V this year:
Reese Havens, Brad Holt, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Robert Carson, Collin McHugh, Rhiner Cruz, Stefan Welch, Rafael Fernandez, Pedro Zapata, John Lujan, Raul Reyes, Brahiam Maldonado, Kai Gronauer, Allan Dykstra, Sean Ratliff, Eric Beaulac, Eric Campbell, Mark Cohoon, Brandon Moore, Alonzo Harris, Dylan Owen, Juan Centeno, Roy Merritt, Richard Lucas, Brant Rustich, Eric Niesen, Jeff Kaplan, James Fuller, Francisco Pena, Scott Moviel, Nick Carr, Adrian Rosario
My vote would be to protect Havens, Lagares, Nieuwenhuis, McHugh, and Centeno.
The following is the players currently on the 40-man roster:
Pitchers - Manny Acosta, Manny Alvarez *, Miguel Batista, Pedro Beato, Taylor Buchholz 60-day DL **, Tim Byrdak, Chris Capuano, D.J. Carrasco, R.A. Dickey, Dillon Gee, Daniel Herrera, Ryota Igarashi, Jason Isringhausen, Jenrry Mejia *, Jon Niese 15-day DL *, Bobby Parnell, Mike Pelfrey, Armando Rodriguez *, Johan Santana 60-day DL, Chris Schwinden, Josh Stinson, Dale Thayer, Chris Young 60-day DL **
Catchers - Mike Nickeas, Ronny Paulino, Josh Thole
Infielders - Ike Davis 60-day DL **, Lucas Duda, Nick Evans, Zach Lutz *, Daniel Murphy 60-day DL **, Valentino Pascucci, Jose Reyes, Josh Satin, Ruben Tejada, Justin Turner, Jordany Valdespin *, David Wright
Outfielders - Mike Baxter, Jason Bay, Scott Hairston 15-day DL *, Willie Harris, Fernando Martinez *, Angel Pagan, Jason Pridie
That’s 45 names on the 40-man, due to injuries.
Tne obvious names that will be removed this off-season are Alvarez, Igarashi, Pascucci, Hairston, and Pridie.
Adding the 5 from the Rule V list and subtracting the obvious, leave the Mets at 45. Mejia will start the season still on the DL, so we need to remove four more names.
My vote: Batista, Buchholz, Capuano, Harris