The New York Mets signed Sean Manaea to a two-year deal to provide a much-needed boost to the rotation. Manaea joins Adrian Houser and Luis Severino as external additions the team made this offseason to put into the rotation which already had Kodai Senga and Jose Quintana.
The Manaea signing makes sense as a player who took a short-term deal, filled a need, and has some upside. The Mets aren't going as all-in as they have in recent years, but expect to be somewhat competitive in 2024. Manaea undoubtedly gets them closer.
While the Manaea signing likely puts the finishing touches on the Mets rotation, it also puts the Mets over the limit on their 40-man roster. Their 40-man had reached 40 players after the Harrison Bader signing became official. With that in mind, these three players could have their spots on the 40-man be in jeopardy for when Manaea's deal becomes official.
1) Reed Garrett
As the Mets continued to search for bullpen depth last season, they claimed Reed Garrett off of waivers from the Orioles. Garrett hadn't done much in his 23 MLB appearances before debuting with the Mets, and he remained a subpar option whenever he was called upon.
In his nine appearances with the Mets this past season, Garrett allowed 11 runs in 17 innings pitched. He had some good outings, including delivering three scoreless innings against the Phillies in Game 161 of the season, and some bad ones as well. He showed some value as an innings eater, but with the Mets signing Michael Tonkin to work as a long relief option in the 'pen,
What might keep Garrett on the 40-man roster is the fact that he does have a minor league option available. This gives the Mets the ability to send him up and down from the majors to the minors.
While relievers with options have value, ones who boast a career ERA of 6.41 do not. In all likelihood Garrett would pass through waivers, and on the off-chance that he doesn't, it wouldn't be a big loss anyway.