The Mets bullpen started to take shape on Monday — LaTroy Hawkins has reportedly made the team, but Pedro Feliciano has apparently not.
ESPNNewYork.com reports that the team has notified the 40-year-old Hawkins that he will make the trip North with the Mets. He has not allowed a run in 5.2 innings this spring.
At the same time, the website reports that the Mets have told Feliciano that he will not make the club. Instead, they want him to go to Triple-A to build up his arm strength. Feliciano said he isn’t sure what he will do. He could opt out and hope to catch on with another team or take the Mets offer, which also means he would get an extra $100,000 under a veteran clause in the player agreement.
The Mets also confirmed that they will go with two lefties in the bullpen, which means Robert Carson will likely make the club.
So it looks like the bullpen to start the season will be Bobby Parnell, Josh Edgin, Brandon Lyon, Hawkins, Carson and most likely Greg Burke and Scott Atchison. Jeurys Familia pitched well this spring, but he will likely be sent to the minors. He would probably be the first one called up if anyone from this group falters.
The Mets will have some decisions to make if/when Frank Francisco and Johan Santana return., so this bullpen, as it has in past years, will be changing as the season progresses.