With Opening Day less than two weeks away, the Mets made their third round of cuts on Tuesday, shipping eight players to minor league camp.
Mar 3, 2014; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New Yorks Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (55) warms up before the spring training exhibition game against the Atlanta Bravesat Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
RHP Ryan Reid and C Juan Centeno were optioned, and 1B Matt Clark, RHP Cory Mazzoni, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Joel Carreno, and 1B Brandon Allen were all reassigned to minor league camp.
It’s likely that all eight players who were sent to minor league camp today will open the season with Triple-A Las Vegas.
None of Tuesday’s cuts come as a surprise, but the two that will likely turn the heads of some fans are Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard.
Manager Terry Collins noted Sunday that the club was considering Montero for the Opening Day bullpen. That didn’t make any sense, but the fact that he was dispatched to minor league camp just two days after those comments is a bit odd.
Coming into spring training, it was common knowledge that Syndergaard would not be breaking camp with the club, but that won’t stop some from griping now that it’s become official.