3 Mets players with the most to lose this spring
Spring training can be a time for battles between teammates. The New York Mets don’t have too many fights in the hopper this spring. Most of the major spots are secured with a handful of players battling for positions on the outskirts of the roster.
How players perform in camp and during exhibition games will help the front office make some of those final choices. Spots can be won or lost in March.
As previously covered, there are a couple of players with a lot to gain this spring. On the other hand, there are these three with something to lose.
1) NY Mets could put an end to Stephen Nogosek’s time in Queens
Stephen Nogosek is out of options. Literally. The Mets won’t have the ability to send him to the minor leagues this season without designating him for assignment. He’s basically a veteran reliever at this point without the resume to justify keeping him on the roster from day one.
Nogosek will either make the Opening Day roster or see himself get designated for assignment before the year begins. He’s not someone every time would shove each other out of the way to get. He’s no t-shirt with four advertisements on it launched into the crowd at a hockey game.
Nonetheless, Nogosek showed promise last year and someone would take a chance on him through a waiver claim. The Mets need to be sure of their decision with him. Keeping him around for even a few weeks could be in the cards.
The Mets have lost Nogosek in free agency before and brought him back. However, last year’s performance was his first consistent stretch. In 22 innings, Nogosek managed to give the team a 2.45 ERA performance with 21 strikeouts. He won’t be a tremendous loss if the Mets do end up cutting him loose. Still, he’d be a solid depth piece to have.