Mets activate Jon Niese, demote Logan Verrett to AAA

By Ryan Punzalan

Late on Tuesday afternoon, the Mets made a few roster moves to satisfy the acquisition of Tyler Clippard and the activation of Jon Niese from the paternity list.

The suspension of Jenrry Mejia allowed Tyler Clippard to take his spot on the active roster and the Mets demoted Logan Verrett to Triple-A Las Vegas so that Jon Niese could take his spot on the roster.

Verrett has been impressive in his short stint with the Mets this season, appearing in six games, tossing 12 and 1/3 innings, while striking out 12 batters and walking only four of them. He’s pitched to a 0.73 ERA and has only allowed four hits.

With these moves, the Mets’ pitching looks like this: Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon in the starting rotation.

Jeurys Familia, Tyler Clippard, Bobby Parnell, Sean Gilmartin, Alex Torres, Carlos Torres, and Hansel Robles in the bullpen.

Expect more movement in the next few weeks with the possible promotion of Vic Black and the return of Jerry Blevins, who has been out since mid-April due to a broken left forearm.

Thoughts from Danny Abriano:

After Verrett’s first demotion, Sandy Alderson intimated that it wasn’t performance-based. Instead, they demoted him because he had options and pitchers such as Alex Torres and Carlos Torres did not.

I get the desire to keep all of your depth, but Alex Torres should’ve been the roster casualty on Tuesday. Torres has the worst BB/9 in the majors and really has no place on this team with so many other solid options available.