The New York Mets decided enough was enough with lefty reliever Chasen Shreve. To make room for Max Scherzer on their 26-man roster, Shreve was designated for assignment. The 6.49 ERA that only got worse in recent outings put an end to one of the most questionable roles on the roster.
The Mets will now have only Joely Rodriguez as a left-handed bullpen option until they make another move. Perhaps a trade?
More immediate, the Mets could turn to one of these southpaws for some left-handed relief.
1) Mets roster replacement for Chasen Shreve: David Peterson in the bullpen
An unpopular choice, David Peterson is far better off giving the Mets regular starts than slotting into the bullpen. Even if it means he ends up back on the farm where he’ll lie in wait, the Mets cannot afford for him to go cold.
Peterson has been the “sixth man” of the year for this team even though he is technically further down the depth chart than that. His brilliance on the mound could make him an option out of the bullpen later on this season. Right now, he should only start games for them or the Syracuse version of the Mets.
Peterson went on paternity leave recently and is expected to start for the Mets on Wednesday. Until the team gets Jacob deGrom and/or Chris Bassitt back, it looks like he might stick around. By the end of July, could he end up in the bullpen as a dangerous lefty? Chances are against it because of how much he can add to the club as an emergency starter rather than a relief arm.