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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3) Adam Kolarek

It’s almost like Adam Kolarek was never really here. Acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers alongside Phil Bickford at last year’s trade deadline, Kolarek would appear in only 4.2 scoreless innings for the Mets. Surprisingly, he didn’t give up any runs at all in the majors last year albeit in only 6 total innings of work.

Kolarek found himself lucking out with a $900K contract from the Los Angeles Angels. Certainly affordable even for an ownership looking to cut back, Kolarek hasn’t justified any sort of major league deal.

Through 3.2 innings, Kolarek has surrendered 7 earned runs. He has yet to make it through any of his four appearances without someone crossing the plate. Three batters have already been hit by him including two in his most recent and least effective appearance of all. Kolarek didn’t allow any hits and was still charged with 3 earned runs against him in a whacky ninth that also included a wild pitch and a substitution with two outs.

The Angels have had an unimpressive offseason up until this point with a few pricy relief pitcher signings highlighting the better moves they did make. Kolarek doesn’t look like he’ll be one of those free agent additions fans will be gloating about.

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