6 Mets players who could be off the roster by June 1

The constantly changing Mets roster will have more players gone by June 1.
Apr 26, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Walker (91) delivers a
Apr 26, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Walker (91) delivers a / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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6) Adrian Houser

Here’s one everyone wouldn’t mind seeing. Pitcher Adrian Houser has been a colossal failure as a starting pitcher. His continued presence on the roster is due to many of the common reasons why a player might survive such a tough stretch. He’s a little more costly than some of the others the Mets sent away. Familiarity with the President of Baseball Operations plus being a trade addition this offseason add to the resume of why he’s sticking around.

Even if he was named Adrian Stearns, the performance wouldn’t be enough to save Houser from the inevitable. The Mets don’t have an obvious upgrade waiting to take his roster spot. The moment when they’ll need to execute him comes when Kodai Senga returns. It’s looking doubtful that’ll come before June 1.

Others can help push Houser off the roster. The inability to have a second lefty reliever on the roster permanently, if he is in the bullpen, can come back to bite the Mets. Jake Diekman hasn’t exactly been trustworthy enough to carry the load in Brooks Raley’s absence.

Houser is one of several “pricier” DFA candidates on the Mets roster. Omar Narvaez will make it to June 1 only because Francisco Alvarez won’t be ready by then. Jose Quintana is starting to get there, but hasn’t quite made it to the doghouse where Houser currently resides.

The Mets will give him another chance to start this coming week versus the Cleveland Guardians. A meltdown could end his New York tenure.

Prediction: Adrian Houser is designated for assignment before June 1.