How these 4 members of the 2024 Mets are doing since the team got rid of them

Two ex-Met relievers are thriving away from the team.
Michael Tonkin had an ineffective tenure with the Mets, but is thriving with the Yankees.
Michael Tonkin had an ineffective tenure with the Mets, but is thriving with the Yankees. / Rich Schultz/GettyImages
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David Stearns has shuffled his deck of cards a lot since he took over baseball operations for the New York Mets. That trend has continued into the regular season, as he is looking for a makeshift solution for some of the most serious problems with the roster. It happens that two of the bigger issues plaguing the construction of the 2024 team were still problems during the first two months of the season.

Lack of depth in the infield and bullpen were two areas the Mets have whiffed on to a degree this offseason. The versatility of skill they believed they would get from the two backup infielders who made the Opening Day did not pan out and are no longer with the team. The bullpen has been a big mess in the past six weeks, but there were also deficiencies in the Mets bullpen that needed to be addressed as well.

With that in mind, let's take a look at how some of the 2024 Mets are doing away from the Mets.

1) Michael Tonkin

Michael Tonkin had two brief rodeos with the Mets earlier this season. He gave up four earned runs (and six unearned) in seven innings over five appearances with the team and was designated for assignment after each stint, with one appearance with the Minnesota Twins in between.

Tonkin was then claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees, and he instantly showed the potential he had all along. It stings even further as he floundered with the Mets and turned into gold for the Yankees.

Tonkin has been exceptional with the Yankees, where less pressure was put on him to perform with their bullpen loaded with talent. And he suddenly gained a lot of confidence. He has a sparkling 0.89 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched and is suddenly an asset for the Yankees as someone who can pitch more than one inning in relief. His opposition is only hitting .162 against him since the Yankees picked him up.

Tonkin picked up his second major league save (his first as a Yankee) on Monday in Kansas City, showcasing his versatility as a reliever in higher leverage situations.