The Mets are showing faith, or at least some curiosity, in these players this spring
2) The NY Mets DFA’d William Woods but continue to pitch him
Off the 40-man roster but pitching regularly this spring, we find William Woods. The Mets had to DFA him earlier in the offseason to clear a spot. He passed through waivers and was able to accept an assignment in the minors.
It’s the best case scenario for the Mets who get to keep him and don’t have to have him on their 40-man roster. They’ve been able to add others to the organization in the same class of fringe-major leaguers like Woods.
Before we get too excited about what lies ahead, it’s important to note how Woods performed with the Atlanta Braves on the farm. Previously a starter for a good part of his professional career, he had a terrible 6.04 ERA last year in 25.1 innings of work. He hasn’t pitched a whole lot since getting drafted back in 2018 by Atlanta. A 23rd round selection, it’s kind of amazing for him to even get as far as he has.
Woods has the potential to be someone the Mets put on the backburner for the 2023 season. They have more than enough other players on the 40-man roster already they can turn to for innings.
Still, for him to be among the league leaders in appearances, it shows how interested the Mets are at making the Braves regret making him available on the waiver wire.