1) Max Kranick
The Max Kranick story may never get fulfilled. Growing up a Mets fan, he gave us a reason to root for him to make the team. However, as a starting pitcher without any options, he was always a longshot to make the club.
There is no shortage of starting pitching pieces on the 40-man roster in front of Kranick on the 40-man roster. The fact that they cannot option him to the minor leagues either makes it extremely difficult to envision a situation where he makes it much longer. In fact, with the way the Mets have quickly gotten rid of others they claimed off waivers (Cooper Hummel, Tyler Heineman), we should fully prepare the same fate for Kranick.
There really isn’t anyone on the same level as Kranick. He’s the lone starting pitcher outside of the expectation five to open the season who cannot be optioned to the minor leagues. The group of Tylor Megill, Joey Lucchesi, and Jose Butto are all expected to begin the year in Triple-A. Kranick could, but he’d have to first pass through waiver and then accept an assignment to Syracuse. His other option is to become a free agent and sign a minor league deal somewhere else.
From the moment the Mets signed Kranick, the plan seemed to be to touch upon his childhood fandom. With the unlikely chance of him signing a major league deal with another team, why not become a candidate to throw a few innings for the one you rooted for as a kid?