The New York Mets will soon need to send two players to Brooklyn to get the roster down to 28 players. Who will it be?
With the 2020 season underway there are a lot of things to talk about especially with this New York Mets team. One thing that is coming to the forefront is the roster contraction. Soon the roster will hit the first of two contractions when it goes from 30 players to 28. This obviously means that the Mets will need to send two players to their alternate site in Brooklyn.
There are a few candidates that could be on the chopping block and some obvious candidates for this round of cuts.
The team currently carries fifteen pitchers and fifteen position players. The best thing to do would probably be to cut one pitcher and one position player to keep the team evenly distributed.
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All things considered, the pitchers on the chopping block now have to be either Paul Sewald or Daniel Zamora. They are the lowest men on the totem pole and the most expendable at this point. The more likely candidate is Zamora.
Sewald fills a bigger hole for this team as a potential long man out of the bullpen and he is out of options so the Mets would have to designate him for assignment to get down to 28 players.
This is a possible avenue the team could take but the much easier path would be to option Zamora and use one of his two remaining options.
In addition, Zamora is the third left-handed pitcher in the bullpen and with the three-batter rule in effect for the 2020 season, there is really no need to carry so many lefties.
So, Zamora is the pitcher to get squeezed out and that just leaves the position player.
As of this writing Billy Hamilton, who was acquired from the San Francisco Giants for Jordan Humphreys, has not been added to the roster so the position player that is potentially squeezed out below may not still be on the roster by the time this decision needs to be made.
With the way Andres Gimenez has been playing he allows the Mets to choose between Brian Dozier and Luis Guillorme. Dozier just got to the team and even though he looked rusty he is still a successful major league caliber player. Guillorme is the guy that gets squeezed out here due to the redundancy with Gimenez.
Both Guillorme and Gimenez can play all three infield positions and profile similarly offensively but Gimenez has the higher ceiling and has hit the ground running.
Luis Rojas has opted for Gimenez late in games for defense and to fill in for Robinson Cano and Jeff McNeil when they have needed a day off. The organization clearly prefers Gimenez at this point in time so that is why Guillorme is the most likely to get sent to Brooklyn.
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If and when Hamilton gets added to the roster and Guillorme is the corresponding move then the move to get down to 28 could come down to Dozier, Ryan Cordell, or Hamilton depending on how everyone plays.