3) Omar Narvaez could replace Mark Vientos on the NY Mets roster
I told you you’d be angry. Maybe not furious. Narvaez coming back from the IL and replacing Mark Vientos on the roster isn’t egregious. It definitely feels like a temporary move. There is some lack of logic to it. Who would then become the right-handed DH for the Mets?
Against lefties, the Mets could always start Alvarez as the DH and let Nido occasionally catch. The sudden burst of production from Eduardo Escobar should put him in the conversation. There’s nothing wrong with letting any of the regulars take a night off from the field in order to keep their bats in the lineup.
What I don’t like about this is how much of a waste Vientos’ time on the roster will have been if they demote him. Used a little too sparingly since his promotion, it seems like many around him have performed much better since the call-up while he hasn’t found his groove. He has been getting a few starts as the DH against right-handed starting pitchers of late which can be spun in two directions.
Vientos fans hopeful he remains on the roster and isn’t replaced by Narvaez could see this as the Mets giving a valid chance to stick around. More pessimistic Mets fans—those are easier to find—could see it as a final act to see him struggle and have a reason to demote him.
Meanwhile, the same exact proposal could be explained for our final player on this list.