3 Mets DFA candidates who might not pass through waivers, 2 who most likely would

Not all of these five Mets will make the team. Who might pass through waivers and who probably won't?

Aug 8, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Phil Bickford (50) delivers
Aug 8, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Phil Bickford (50) delivers / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Zack Short could pass through waivers

Your guess is as good as mine as to why the Mets have kept Zack Short on the 40-man roster this long. It likely has something to do with protecting themselves in case of an injury to Joey Wendle. Short’s track record doesn’t prove he’s a major leaguer. With a .174/.266/.308 slash line through 450 plate appearances on top of a minor league career where his numbers have gotten increasingly lower in Triple-A, there isn’t a whole lot to get excited for.

The Mets picked Short off of waivers from the Detroit Tigers early on in the offseason. His survival is because of his positional versatility. He can play all over the infield, a role the Mets signed Wendle for and don’t have an especially promising safety net.

On offense, we’d have to expect very little from him. Along with not getting very many hits, he’s a strikeout waiting to happen. Strike three has been called in 28.9% of his career plate appearances in MLB. It hasn’t been any better in the minor leagues.

Short would be someone who might pass through waivers. He just doesn’t offer enough in overall ability or one particularly skillset. His defense rates well, but at the cost of putting up a batting average that will at best pay homage to the days when pitchers hit, one would have to believe most teams have better options in Triple-A.