3 former Mets players failing miserably after two weeks of spring training

It has been a rough spring for these three players who were on the 2023 Mets.

Feb 27, 2024; Lakeland, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Eduardo Escobar (3) looks on
Feb 27, 2024; Lakeland, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Eduardo Escobar (3) looks on / Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
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2) John Curtiss

A seemingly savvy pickup by the Mets prior to the 2022 season, John Curtiss spent all of year one with the orange and blue rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery. This was a planned attack by Billy Eppler to bring the team an optional reliever for the following season. Curtiss would turn out to be an ineffective occasional member of the Mets bullpen in 2023.

Curtiss appeared in 15 games and a total of 19.2 innings. The 4.58 ERA turned out to be far better than anything he’d do in Syracuse. While in Triple-A, Curtiss didn’t make any plea for a big league promotion. He had a 7.17 ERA in his 21.1 frames in the minor leagues.

Now a member of the Colorado Rockies this spring, Curtiss is already pitching like he’s at Coors Field. An earned run has scored against him in every appearance including his most recent outing when he recorded a save. While the 2.1 innings of work is a small sample size, getting lashed for 7 earned runs against him isn’t the kind of good first impression any pitcher would like to make.

Curtiss is on a minor league deal with Colorado and the spring training performance confirms why there weren’t any MLB offers out there.