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3 Mets DFA candidates who could lose their 40-man roster spot before Opening Day

Sep 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jake Reed (72) throws
Sep 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jake Reed (72) throws / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 19, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Reid-Foley / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NY Mets have no minor league options left for Sean Reid-Foley and that’s not good for him

Sean Reid-Foley is out of minor league options which is not good news for his future with the Mets. Even if he does begin the season on the Mets roster, he’s unlikely to last the whole year with them. Eventually, the team will need a fresher arm. With limited options to demote to the minors, SRF could end up getting DFA’ed.

Far more likely than Reid-Foley starting the season on the Mets and seeing a DFA after a few weeks is a parting of ways before the year begins. Reid-Foley wasn’t particularly good at any level last year. He does have the benefit of age and ability to start over Reed but he throws right-handed and is buried on the depth chart.

Compared to Yennsy Diaz, the other pitcher the Mets picked up and kept in the Steven Matz trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, Reid-Foley’s issue comes down to the zero options left. Diaz still has one which makes him far more valuable this year.

For some context, Seth Lugo and Drew Smith are the lone expected guys to make the Opening Day bullpen with minor league options. Lugo isn’t getting demoted and Smith has been too good for it. The Mets need to have at least a spot in their bullpen that they can use to shuttle players back and forth. Reid-Foley doesn’t fit this description and it could lead to a preseason DFA.

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