Last year Dominic Smith found himself representing the Washington Nationals. It was his first year away from the New York Mets. Trevor Williams, who became a fan favorite swingman on the pitching staff, signed a deal with them and a promise to be in their rotation.
Coincidence or not, the Nationals have loaded up on even more ex-Mets this winter. All signed to minor league deals, let’s catch up with those three.
What has Robert Gsellman been up to?
Robert Gsellman last pitched for the Mets in 2021. He was productive but also missed a large part of the season. He would spend 2022 with the Chicago Cubs struggling in their bullpen and starting in the minor leagues without much success. Mid-year, he went over to Japan where he’d finish off 2022 and spend all of 2023. The numbers weren’t especially good with a 4.63 ERA coming out from 116.2 innings pitched. Hence the minor league deal.
What has Stephen Nogosek been up to?
Stephen Nogosek made the 2023 Mets Opening Day roster. After a 5.61 ERA in 25.2 innings, they designated him for assignment. He wouldn’t pitch in the majors for any other team, but did get signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was a struggle in the minors. A 7.00 ERA in 36 minor league innings last season didn’t have any team interested in any guarantees for Nogosek this year.
What has Adonis Medina been up to?
Remembered best for finishing off a big game for the Mets in 2022 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Adonis Medina left the team with a 6.08 ERA in 23.2 innings. He followed Gsellman’s path overseas, landing in the KBO where he got hammered like many pitchers do. His 6.05 ERA in 58 innings of work led to an eventual release.
Don’t be surprised if the only time we see them with the Nationals is in spring training. All are out of options and haven’t dazzled since leaving the Mets.