All eyes are on 2024 for the New York Mets. They sold at the trade deadline and have played like a team that waved the white flag ever since.
Parts of the 2024 roster are set in stone. Brandon Nimmo will be the Opening Day center fielder. Francisco Lindor will slot in at shortstop. Francisco Alvarez behind the plate. Kodai Senga will be in the rotation. Other parts aren't so clear.
The Mets don't have much to play for as a team, but individual players have tons to play for. Those who haven't proven to be consistent MLB players are playing for their MLB futures. The way these three players are playing or have played signal that they're trending towards not breaking camp as members of the Mets MLB team.
1) Tylor Megill is playing his way out of the NY Mets 2024 plans
Tylor Megill entered the year as a depth option in the rotation. Injuries to Justin Verlander and Jose Quintana opened spots for both David Peterson and Megill to slot in. Megill wasn't promised a spot in the rotation last year either but earned one due to the Jacob deGrom injury and he pitched well before getting hurt himself. This season was a whole other story.
Megill struggled mightily in his first 15 starts, posting a 5.17 ERA in 71.1 innings pitched. He had just three quality starts out of those 15 and he was walking way more batters than he had before. His velocity had ticked down from what it had been in previous years, and his effectiveness obviously suffered as well so the Mets sent him to the minors.
Once Verlander and Max Scherzer were dealt at the deadline, Megill found his way back with the Mets despite a rocky minor league stint. Since rejoining the rotation he's allowed 11 runs (ten earned) in ten innings of work in losses against the Orioles and Braves. Those are two great offenses and he did only walk one batter while displaying better velocity in those starts, but ten runs in ten innings is just as bad as it sounds.
Megill has done nothing over the course of his brief MLB career to show anyone he's worthy of a rotation spot, and with the way he's pitched he's unlikely to have a MLB roster spot in any capacity.
I don't see the Mets cutting bait entirely with Megill, but it's abundantly clear he won't be a part of any plans. He's nothing more than depth at this point.