We’re now through a good chunk of April which means it’s time to start your taxes. What are you doing? They’re due in less than a week! The New York Mets have shown their best and worst to us. Several players already appear destined to not make it through the season.
By the time we get to May 1, these three players look like the team will have moved on from them in some capacity. Who’ll be gone by the time the calendar flips?
1) NY Mets reliever Dennis Santana will be gone by May 1
Dennis Santana was a late offseason waiver claim for the Mets whose early returns haven’t been so good. Through 5.1 innings of work he has surrendered a pair of home runs and a total of 5 earned runs while walking, get this, 5! Somewhere Nomar Garciaparra is freaking out over these numbers and loving every second of it.
There were definitely some doubts about Santana heading into this year. Now 27 (happy birthday dude) his 8.44 ERA shouldn’t surprise anyone. He’s coming off of a 5.22 ERA performance with the Texas Rangers in 2022. He’s a younger reliever already out of options with plenty of control issues.
Santana has been an imperfect fit for the Mets from the start of the season. Billy Eppler swung for the fences by claiming him. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like he’ll be a long-term option for the ball club. The sample size may be small but what purpose does he serve if all he can do is help the other club?
The big problem for Santana is the Mets don’t have too many relievers they can send down to the minors. He’ll become a casualty due, in part, to poor management of the roster and rules of the game.
The team can afford a little more patience with him. Compared to Stephen Nogosek who is another non-optional reliever who began the year on the bubble, it’s an easy choice. Santana will be back on waivers soon enough.