With Chris Young being activated on Tuesday for his start, the New York Mets needed to option someone in order to make room for him. Most people assumed that person would be Dillon Gee, despite his 2 Wins, 2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 3.00 K/BB. However, General Manager Sandy Alderson made a surprising decision today, keeping Gee on the roster, and optioning reliever 34 year-old D.J. Carrasco.
Carrasco was signed to a two-year, $2.4 million deal this past off-season after posting a combined 3.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 2.04 K/BB in 210.3 IP over the past three seasons. However, the reliever has yet to show the steadiness he’s previously displayed. In 10.3 innings this season for the Mets, Carrasco has posted a dismal 5.23 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 1.00 K/BB.
Carrasco’s performance thus far certainly merits a demotion of sorts, but considering the team also could have sent Ryota Igarashi, who has posted an equally forgettable 4.91 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, and 2.00 K/BB (but without the past accolades), the decision seems to be a bit under-thought.