The New York Mets were 100% about to DFA Sean Reid-Foley by their game on May 2. However, an injury in Saturday’s game sent Reid-Foley to the MRI machine. He came out with the diagnosis was a partially torn UCL.
This means a couple of things for the Mets. For one, they can simply send Yoan Lopez down after Sunday’s game. Reid-Foley will go to the IL where they can even transfer him to the 60-day IL immediately and open themselves up a 40-man roster spot.
They do have one question left to answer:
Is Mets pitcher Sean Reid-Foley worth keeping around anyway?
The timing may actually work out well for both sides. Reid-Foley can keep his job with the Mets although one has to wonder just how much interest the organization had in keeping him around anyway. Designating him for assignment after this injury news is definitely not the most upstanding of actions to take. Do the Mets essentially fire him now after getting hurt while playing?
Just because Reid-Foley is designated for assignment doesn’t mean his time with the Mets ends. Nobody would claim him on waivers now anyway. With Tommy John Surgery lurking, the Mets can see how things turn out for him once he is finished rehabbing.
The Mets have actually been pretty kind about this. They could have non-tendered Joey Lucchesi this offseason. Only a few weeks ago, they signed free agent John Curtiss who is sitting out the year due to Tommy John Surgery himself.
SRF is a little bit different because of his lack of minor league options. Lucchesi and Curtiss each have two left. Reid-Foley has none. Even if he does end up sticking with the franchise, his presence on the big league roster would always be in jeopardy. One bad appearance and it could be all over, all over again.
Still staring the Mets in the face is the fate of the position player they will remove from the roster. Is it the end for Robinson Cano? Or will someone else get a bus ticket to Syracuse?
Whatever happens, all Mets fans should be in agreement in one aspect—get well soon Sean Reid-Foley! We’ll always have Wrigley Field, 2021.