5) Sam Coonrod
It's easy to see why the Mets were interested in taking a flier on a guy like Sam Coonrod. He's got electric stuff and has had some success in the majors before, but his 2023 season was essentially a wash.
The right-hander was another example of a Met brought in for depth who missed most of the season due to injury. He'd finally make his Mets debut in August and pitched pretty well in most of his outings but displayed very real control issues and did not get the results he needed to factor into the 2024 bullpen picture.
Coonrod's 9.45 ERA in 10 appearances and 6.2 innings pitched is largely from one rough outing in which he allowed four runs while failing to record an out, but that wasn't the only outing where his command failed him. Coonrod issued eight free passes in his limited action which is of course, far too many. This has been a constant theme in his career.
Keeping Coonrod around had he had minor league options is one thing, but if the Mets choose to keep him he can't be sent down without being exposed to waivers. There're no incentives to holding on with that being the case. They can find other diamonds in the rough that throw hard and they hope can turn into something useful.