2) NY Mets rumors: Tim Locastro is a weapon another team should want
Even cheaper to acquire than Dominic Leone is Tim Locastro. Remember him? Locastro had an awesome spring and won his way onto the Opening Day roster. An injury early on landed him on the IL. Locastro ended up in a rehab assignment until he conveniently was moved to the 60-day IL where he has been ever since.
The intention to sign Locastro was obvious for the Mets, but putting this out of options speedy outfielder on the Opening Day roster shoehorned them. Because they’ve been able to stash him on the IL for months now, Locastro is an under the radar trade piece other teams could look at as their Terrence Gore.
A pinch runner exclusive player is never the most appealing trade piece and yet we know the deal with Locastro. The MLB rule changes which have increased the number of stolen bases adds further to why we should expect the Mets to get some phone calls about Locastro.
One thing of note for Locastro is that he isn’t a pending free agent. However, because the Mets did add him to the MLB roster earlier this year, he faces being on the 26-man roster or being designated for assignment. It doesn’t make any sense for the Mets to keep him around as he’s essentially locked into a big league roster spot.
There’s no “haul” we’d expect back for Locastro. Any sort of return would be a victory because the only other outcome is the Mets lose him for nothing.