UPDATE, 4:38 PM –
After their game against the Marlins, the Mets made another round of cuts.
Puello, 23, will likely open the year with Triple-A Las Vegas. He should be on the short list for a callup if any of the Mets’ outfielders suffers an injury.
Leathersich, 23, will be assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas. He’ll need to refine his command if he hopes to be a big league option in the near future.
UPDATE, 1:23 PM –
Per the Mets, the club has optioned/reassigned nine more players.
The only “surprise” is the fact that they optioned Josh Edgin.
Along with Edgin, the club also optioned shortstop Wilfredo Tovar. They’re both ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets also reassigned seven other players to minor league camp:
Josh Edgin has struggled this spring, but looked a bit better during his appearance Sunday.
The fact that the Mets removed both Edgin and Adam Kolarek from big league camp likely means that they’re either content going with one lefty (Scott Rice) in the pen, or that they’re preparing to shift John Lannan to the pen.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE –
The Mets made their first round of spring training cuts Monday as they begin to pare down the amount of players in camp with opening day just three weeks away.
Mar 2, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcherSteven Matz
(63) throws the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
None of those three cuts come as a surprise.
The 22 year old Matz, who impressed in camp, is ticketed for High-A St. Lucie to start the year and should find himself with Double-A Binghamton before too long.
Goeddel, 25, who spent last year with Double-A Binghamton, will likely find himself in the Triple-A bullpen at the beginning of the season.
Kolarek, 25, was viewed before camp started as a darkhorse candidate to crack the bullpen as a second lefty. He’ll likely join Goeddel in the Triple-A bullpen.
Adam Rubin intimated that there would be more cuts announced later in the day.