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MIAMI, FL - MAY 26: A baseball sits on the mound during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Angels at Marlins Park on May 26, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 26: A baseball sits on the mound during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Angels at Marlins Park on May 26, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Salas experiment looks to be officially over in New York

One of the biggest disappointments of 2017 season has been the Mets bullpen. Out of all the pieces that have underperformed, Fernando Salas was easily one of the worst.

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The team acquired Salas from the Los Angeles Angels last season, and he was somewhat of a revelation. He posted a WHIP of just .635 with a 2.08 ERA over the course of the 17 games in which he appeared in 2016.

The organization naturally thought it would be a good idea to extend him an offer for this season and brought him back on a one-year deal. Only New York wouldn’t get a repeat of 2016, but would instead get more of what the Angels wanted to get rid of instead.

Salas was awful this season. He appeared in 48 games for the Amazin’s, and posted a 6.00 ERA. He pitched 45 innings and gave up 60 hits and walked 20 batters while striking out 47 of them. His WHIP of 1.778 was one of the worst in the National League, so it’s actually a bit surprising it took the Mets this long to cut him loose.

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The time was right apparently based on the fact that the Mets are calling up first baseman Dominic Smith from the minor leagues and needed to make some room on the 25-man roster for him. Smith will be arriving in Philadelphia on Friday night for the game, so for the time being the team will be playing an arm short in the bullpen.

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