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Mets acquire right-handed reliever Fernando Salas from Angels

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May 13, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Fernando Salas (59) throws out a pitch in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. The Angels won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Fernando Salas (59) throws out a pitch in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. The Angels won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
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The Mets added another bullpen arm on Wednesday night

The Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Fernando Salas from the Angels in exchange for minor league RHP Erik Manoah.

Salas, 31, has posted a 4.47 ERA and 1.26 WHIP this season for the Angels, while striking out 45 batters in 56 1/3 innings (58 appearances).

To make room for Salas on the 40-man roster, OF Justin Ruggiano was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

With rosters expanding to 40 on Thursday, the Mets will not have to remove anyone from the 25-man roster to accommodate Salas.

Salas, who is a free agent after the season, will be eligible for the postseason roster should the Mets qualify.

Manoah, 20, posted a 5.37 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 62 innings this season for Single-A Brooklyn of the New York Penn League.


Salas hasn’t been at his best over the last few seasons, but he has a solid three-pitch mix (fastball, slider, changeup). So perhaps Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen can work wonders with him.

The Mets have gotten tremendous work from the back-end of their bullpen, with Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, and Hansel Robles being stellar for the majority of the season.

But with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler out for the season and Steven Matz‘ status up in the air, the rotation now includes two rookies — Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo.

The inclusion of Gsellman and Lugo in the rotation likely means more pitches thrown by the bullpen in the middle innings of games, and that’s where Salas comes in.

His last name is also a palindrome, which is fun.

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Salas is due to become a free agent after the season, so this might just be a one month (hopefully longer if the Mets make the playoffs) thing.

He has some potential, though, and with the Mets losing players left and right, another arm in the mix certainly can’t hurt.

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