2) NY Mets could move on from Rule 5 Draft pick Zach Greene
The other pitcher who will either make the Opening Day roster or go is Zach Greene. His situation is different. Greene, a Rule 5 Draft pick by the Mets, will either need to join the team in Miami for game one or get sent back to the New York Yankees.
Although these are two different circumstances, the result is the same. Carry them in Buck Showalter’s bullpen or lose ‘em. Is there, realistically, a spot for both of them at the start of the season? It might take a couple of injuries.
Greene has yet to reach the majors, a fact which led him to being Rule 5 Draft pick eligible. We can see why the Mets thought of him as a worthy selection. In 68.1 Triple-A innings, Greene was 9-0 with a 3.42 ERA.
Bullpen depth is something every team is constantly searching for. It was a mission for Billy Eppler this offseason to stockpile more external arms. Greene was one of those guys.
Greene is competing against Nogosek, a bunch of waiver claims, and MLB rules. Rule 5 Draft picks are more common than I think we realize. It goes unnoticed after time because many are returned to their old team. Will Greene be more of an exception than the norm? We’ll find out this spring.