3) Mets roster replacement for Chasen Shreve: Rob Zastryzny promoted from the minors
Rob Zastryzny will leave New York fans tongue-tied if he does get promoted to the big leagues. Also a non-member of the 40-man roster, he could be the other best option from the Syracuse club for a major league promotion. He has managed to give them a 3.78 ERA in 33.1 innings of work. With an average of 10 strikeouts per nine innings, he has the potential to be a little more dominant.
His very minor experience at the big leagues includes 34.2 innings spread across three years with the Chicago Cubs. The result is a 2-0 record and 4.41 ERA. Zastryzny hasn’t pitched in a MLB game since 2018 so there might be a little more hesitance to promote him over Claudio.
Two other options might be Thomas Szapucki and Locke St. John. However, Szapucki feels more like starting pitcher depth and St. John was just DFA’d himself. They feel less likely. The Mets might, instead, look to give Edmonton’s Zastryzny an opportunity to clear any ghosts his fellow Canadian brother Jason Bay left at Citi Field. Maybe we get lucky and he’s the next Ron Taylor.
Whatever the Mets decide to do, it’s clear they will be on the hunt for a left-handed reliever as the long-term option. In the interim, these are the names they could be looking at to replace Shreve’s role.