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Mets continue to clean house in 2018 with Hansel Robles DFA

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 10: Hansel Robles #47 of the New York Mets in action during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 4-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 10: Hansel Robles #47 of the New York Mets in action during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 4-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Hansel Robles has pitched his last game for the New York Mets. The team designated him for assignment on Friday.

Prior to Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets made yet another belated spring cleaning move. Relief pitcher Hansel Robles was given his mercy and designated for assignment.

It’s no surprise to see the Mets make the move. Robles pitched to a 4.92 ERA last season and an even worse 5.03 ERA in 2018. Worst of all, he has averaged more than three home runs per nine innings.

Some may find it hard to believe that at one point Robles was not an absolute disaster. His rookie and sophomore seasons were quite productive. He had a 3.67 ERA in 2015 and a career-best 3.48 ERA in 2016.

Though he only tossed three total innings in as many appearances, Robles didn’t allow any hits or runs in the 2015 postseason. This is one of the few positive notes on his four-year career in New York.

There’s a growing theme with the 2018 team. They are unafraid to move on from players not named Jose Reyes.

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In early May, they traded Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for Devin Mesoraco. Earlier this month, veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was released from his contract.

Those moves were easy ones to make as Harvey’s attitude was beginning to become a problem and Gonzalez took up a roster space they preferred to give to Dominic Smith.

Robles is the latest of the familiar names departing Queens. Unfortunately, not all of the players they should breakup with gone grab their things and go so easily.

Several of the least productive members of the 2018 squad are on major league contracts and signed for a few million dollars for more than a year.

We know the names. We also know the misery of seeing them on the field. Some of those guys could become trade candidates although it may become a challenge to find someone to take their garbage away.

Slowly but surely, the Mets are making changes for the better. Realizing Robles was not a fit is a positive sign and one less wasted roster spot they are lugging around.

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