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Friday, March 18, 2016

Mets Minors Transactions, March 11-17

Keeping track of recent minor transactions within the Mets system

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New York Mets

3/11 – The Mets made their first round of cuts: Rafael Montero, Dario Alvarez, Akeel Morris, Chasen Bradford, and Paul Sewald. I discussed my thoughts on these cuts in last weeks post, but it’s old news by now anyway.

3/15 – The second group of cuts was a bit bigger: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Gabriel Ynoa, Jeff Walters, Josh Smoker, Dilson Herrera, Brandon Nimmo, Duane Below, Stolmy Pimentel, Gavin Cecchini, Dominic Smith, Marc Krauss, and Travis Taijeron. This second group of cuts is a mix of guys who aren’t expected to help this year and guys who will be among the first called up. Obviously Dilson is waiting for the first opportunity to arise at 2B. Duane Below and Seth Lugo are probably the Mets top starting pitcher depth at the moment, though Gsellman or Ynoa could leapfrog them (at least Below) with strong performances. Taijeron or Krauss could be brought up as bench help if injuries get bad. Josh Smoker is a beast of a lefty who could force his way into the Mets pen with a strong AAA performance. Walters is a righty who was in the same place Smoker is now two years ago, but then TJS set him back. He didn’t have the same life on his fastball last year with Binghamton though, so we’ll see what he brings to Las Vegas this year.

3/16 – In an unexpected twist, Ruben Tejada was released so the Mets could save ~$2.5 Mil. Tejada was never really appreciated by Mets fans, but he was one of the longest tenured Mets and usually a better player than most fans gave him credit for. He didn’t really have a spot on the Mets bench, as they have other backup SS options and his bat can’t carry him on the bench. That said, it’s hard for met to believe there are 30 better shortstops in the majors right now, because Tejada is good enough defensively for SS, and provides average shortstop production at the plate. For his career, Tejada has an 86 wRC+, which is the league average wRC+ for a shortstop over the past 5 years. He’s been a 2+ fWAR/600 PA player in 4 of the past 5 seasons, he just really stunk it up in 2013. I hope Ruben can find a team where he fits in and where he’s not immediately forced to try and replace a franchise shortstop.

Las Vegas 51s

3/11 – Dario Alvarez and Rafael Montero were optioned to Las Vegas.

3/15 – Seth Lugo, Brandon Nimmo, and Dilson Herrera were optioned to Las Vegas.

Binghamton Mets

3/11 – Akeel Morris was optioned to Binghamton.

3/15 – Robert Gsellman, Gabriel Ynoa, Josh Smoker, and Jeff Walters were optioned to Binghamton.

These moves don’t necessarily signal that all of those players are returning to Binghamton this season.

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