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Mets designate Kevin McGowan and Chasen Bradford for assignment


With the Jay Bruce and Adrian Gonzalez signings officially in the books, the Mets needed to make room in the 40-man roster for them.

The Mets are adding two new players to their roster this week. After Jay Bruce was re-introduced to fans on Wednesday, the club also confirmed the signing of veteran Adrian Gonzalez with much less fanfare on Thursday.

The current roster already had 40 players on it so some cuts needed to be made, unfortunately. The unlucky chosen ones were first year players Kevin McGowan and Chasen Bradford who were both designated for assignment earlier Thursday morning.

Both Bradford and McGowan made their debuts for the Mets last season to mixed results. Bradford, who exceeded his rookie status during his tenure last season, was the better of the two. He pitched in 28 games and threw 33 2/3 innings surrendering 30 hits, three home runs, and striking out 27. His ERA of 3.74 wasn’t terrible, so I’m thinking there’s a good chance he gets picked up by another team now that he’s been DFA’d.

McGowan, on the other hand, barely had a cup of coffee with the Mets last season. He pitched in 8 games and 8 2/3 innings and gave up five runs in that span. He didn’t really look good in the brief time he was up here, so odds are he probably ends up back in the organization and just off the 40-man roster, for now.

Although these guys were probably not going to factor into the beginning of 2018, it was a little surprising to see the Mets DFA two pitchers given their lack of pitching depth. Again, no one is saying these guys should be counted on in big situations if injuries occur, but there’s something to be said about having enough bodies in your organization to be able to cover when players go down.

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Last season, the Mets got a handful of relief pitchers in the trades they orchestrated, so maybe that’s who they’re putting their focus on going forward instead. Either way, for now, Bruce and Gonzalez are in, and McGowan and Bradford are out.

With another move expected to secure the infield up, the Mets would have to designate another player for assignment should a deal come together. We’ll see who they end up picking should that occur.