The Mets made a alot of moves as they prepared to depart Port St. Lucie for a trip across the state to Sarasota to face the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
• Non-roster left-hander Scott Rice beat out Robert Carson as the second left-hander in the bullpen. Rice, 31, makes his first major league roster in his 15th professional season.
• Omar Quintanilla will head to Triple-A Las Vegas as the shortstop, meaning the Mets will carry no bona fide backup to Ruben Tejada.
• Anthony Recker beat out Landon Powell as backup catcher to John Buck.
• Like Rice, Marlon Byrd, LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison were added to the 40-man roster. The Mets previously had freed 40-man spots by outrighting Brandon Hicks and trading Elvin Ramirez to the Los Angeles Angels. They now also have successfully placed Reese Havens and Darin Gorski through waivers. The 40-man roster currently is full, but another spot can be created by shifting Johan Santana to the 60-day DL.