Two more Mets players will be joining national teams for the World Baseball Classic this spring. Infielder Ty Kelly and pitcher Seth Lugo will have reportedly committed to the international tournament. Lugo, sources tell Fox Sport’s Jon Morosi, will be on Puerto Rico’s roster. Ty Kelly will be playing for Israel.
Kelly, who was born in the United States, is eligible to represent Israel in the World Baseball Classic because of his Jewish ancestry. According to the New York Daily News, Kelly, along with other Jewish players that are forming the team, will be embarking on a trip to Israel in January before the WBC kicks off. The trip will start on January 3rd and will take them around Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea for one week.
Seth Lugo was also born in the United States, but his family is from Puerto Rico, so per World Baseball Classic regulations, he’s also eligible to represent another country in the tournament. The Mets haven’t publicly acknowledged his commitment, but once Spring Training gets closer, we’ll get a better idea of what kind of limits will be imposed on the pitcher.
Kelly and Lugo join a few other Mets players in participating in the fourth World Baseball Classic. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will be playing for his home country of Venezuela, while closer Jeurys Familia will represent his native Dominican Republic.
Mets ace Noah Syndergaard was invited to play for Team USA in the WBC, but Thor declined the opportunity in late November. He cited his positive results on the mound the last two years as being aided by his winter and spring workout regimen, and decided it was best not to change that going into 2017.
The big question as always will be how the Mets managerial staff will adjust to not having certain players available during a large part of Spring Training next season. Hopefully the Mets won’t have to deal with any injuries during these exhibition games, and they can all start fresh when April rolls around.