The New York Mets are going to have some roster decisions to make over the coming weeks and that will also mean that some players may be in danger of losing their spot on the Mets' active 40-man roster. One obvious candidate that may be a roster casualty is reliever John Curtiss who was sent back down to AAA on May 4th after struggling at the big league level.
While up in the majors with the Mets, Curtiss produced a 4.85 ERA over 11 appearances with a 1.231 WHIP. He also had an unsightly 7 to 5 strikeout-to-walk ratio as well. Upon being sent down to the minors, the struggles carried over to Syracuse. Curtiss has an ERA over 7 and has struggled with his command up north, similar to how he had struggled at the big league level.
The Mets may be evaluating John Curtiss' 40-man roster spot due to his performance through the first two months
While it's important to remember that the 30-year-old Curtiss is pitching for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2021, as well as being signed to a Major League deal in the offseason, the Mets may have more pressing needs on the roster than to hold on to a struggling reliever. The fact that the Mets invested a Major League deal on a pitcher coming off of injury makes this move a bit surprising that they would throw in the towel already.
There is a good chance that if Curtiss was designated for assignment he would pass through waivers back to the Mets due to his ineffectiveness this season if they were willing to risk losing him. However, if the Mets have to open up a roster spot for an urgent need in the near future, there is a good chance that Curtiss may be the first to go, especially if the struggles continue down on the farm moving forward.