3 major Mets roster changes Billy Eppler and Buck Showalter may be forced to make

Dec 19, 2022; NY, NY, USA; New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler introduces pitcher Kodai Senga
Dec 19, 2022; NY, NY, USA; New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler introduces pitcher Kodai Senga / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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No MLB roster is perfect. If General Manager Billy Eppler has paid any attention to what fans have said about the New York Mets over the last few weeks, he’s fully aware of the problems his ball club has.

The Mets are by no stretch a bad team. Cruising into the playoffs is very possible even with the few faults they do have. This doesn’t mean Eppler can kick up his feet and watch things unfold. He needs to get an extended minutes plan on his phone and remain active in the trade market, within the waiver wire, and with the players already in the organization.

Based on what we’ve seen from the Mets so far, he may have no choice but to make these three roster changes with a little help from Buck Showalter who should have plenty of say. After all, it's the manager who should be the one to greenlight this first major Mets roster change. We already know Brett Baty is coming up on Monday so maybe at least one of these major changes will be in the books sooner than later.

1) NY Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco could end up as a bullpen long-man prematurely

Even after a successful outing on Saturday against the last-place-everywhere Oakland Athletics, it has been a disappointing start to his season for Carlos Carrasco. After appearing to have something left in the tank with how he did last year, Cookie hasn’t looked so crisp in 2023.

Carrasco is coming off of a 15-7, 3.97 ERA campaign which provided us with plenty of hope he could do the same in 2023. It’s not trending in that direction. He has looked more like the outrageously bad 2021 version of himself.

For Carrasco, the next step isn’t getting designated for assignment. The Mets should, instead, look to move him to the bullpen if things aren’t working out.

There will come a point with this ball club where they may have to consider demoting a more useful starting pitcher than Carrasco. Tylor Megill and David Peterson are those two pitchers the team can think twice about sending to the minors if Carrasco isn’t performing. Depending on the health of the pitching staff, an opening in the bullpen for the long man role may be where Carrasco finds himself.

The Mets may want to act quickly. They cannot afford to keep running Carrasco out there to lose.