Mets imperfection: A lack of minor league options on the roster
We’ll see this come into play real soon when the rosters reduce from 28 to 26. A lack of minor league options for many of the Mets players will lead the team to make some tough decisions.
On offense, the Mets will probably have to DFA Travis Jankowski. Luis Guillorme, J.D. Davis, and Dominic Smith are all options to send to the minor leagues but they have their importance, too. Davis and Smith have hit in the past and remain in the mix for regular starts on this team. Guillorme’s roster spot may only be safe because the club has few defensive options on the infield and no one else to backup Francisco Lindor at shortstop.
Pitching is more complicated. It should solve itself with one spot when Sean Reid-Foley is designated for assignment. David Peterson is probably the player getting sent to the minor leagues once Taijuan Walker comes back, too. However, it’s as the season progresses when the Mets may have some difficulties finding a fresh arm.
Only Seth Lugo and Drew Smith have minor league options left in the bullpen. Everyone else would need to be designated for assignment. Buck Showalter will need to be cautious and conscious of this throughout the year. A guy like Trevor Williams may be asked to take one for the team. Alerts about position players pitching could happen more often simply to save arms for a game the Mets need to win.