New York Mets Option Paul Sewald and Daniel Zamora

The New York Mets continue to trim their big league roster as they send down a couple of bullpen arms with major league experience. Paul Sewald and Daniel Zamora will both be members of the Syracuse Mets whenever baseball finally resumes.

Zamora pitched very well in the Spring. Over five innings he only allowed one run, three hits, walked one and struck out eight batters. Always known as a left-handed specialist, he showed the ability to retire right-handed hitters as well. The only lefty in the Mets bullpen is Justin Wilson which makes Zamora the next man up if they need to replace him.

Sewald Out of Options

Sewald’s demotion marks the last time they can send him down without putting him through waivers. He also impressed in the Spring through his 5.1 innings pitched. He did not walk a single batter, allowed three hits, one run and struck out five. Sewald has always shown glimpses of dominance but he has never been able to consistently pitch well for a long period of time. As one of the most experienced relievers in the bullpen, he should see more big league time in 2020.

Last year both would have been guaranteed to make the big league roster but the Mets revamped it to gain more experience from their relievers. Having Zamora and Sewald should give the team confidence in their depth, should the have to deal with injuries.

New York Mets Send Three Players To Syracuse

New York Mets, Andres Gimenez

Despite Spring Training coming to a quick end, the New York Mets are making roster cuts to prepare for the season to resume eventually. The moves were not a surprise as all three were likely going to start the season at triple-A.

The three players sent down were Andres Gimenez, Tyler Bashlor, and Ali Sanchez. Gimenez started Spring strong but faltered towards the end. He slashed .214/.290/.393 over 14 games and showcased his defensive prowess at shortstop. Though he was not hitting for average, the increased power was an encouraging sign.

Bashlor’s Home Run Issues

Bashlor still could not contain the hone run and the big innings, which hurt his 2019 campaign. Over 4.2 innings, he allowed six runs, 11 hits, and three home runs. There has always been good stuff in Bashlor’s repertoire, but he can never seem to put it all together.

Sanchez did not receive many at-bats but seemingly had no chance to take the backup catchers job over Tomas Nido or Rene Rivera. Over nine games, he only had eight at-bats and recorded a double as his only hit.

What are the Final Moves the New York Mets Can Make?

The New York Mets and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen kept themselves busy throughout the offseason. They brought in two different managers, signed a few pitchers, and avoided arbitration with all nine of their eligible players. Spring Training is just about a week away, and the roster seems complete. These small additions can make enough of an impact to get the Mets over the hump.

Russell Martin is no longer the All-Star quality catcher he once was but is still a very serviceable backup. He is heading into his age-37 season, and while his best hitting days are far behind him, he is an excellent defensive catcher. If the Mets can bring in Martin on a minor league deal for Spring Training, it would be a low risk, high reward move. The catching core behind Wilson Ramos is Tomas Nido, Rene Rivera, and unproven prospects. If Ramos were to miss an extended period, Martin would be a good fit for the Mets.

Pat Neshek

Injuries have limited the veteran Pat Neshek during the last two seasons, and at 39-years old, there is no guarantee his body holds up again. Much like Martin, he would be a low-risk move who has a 2.82 career ERA. With the flame throwers the Mets have in the bullpen already, Neshek would round out the bullpen with a strong arm if he stays healthy.

Danny Salazar is a huge wild card the Mets can afford to take a risk on. Another minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training would allow the Mets to find out what they have in Salazar. Before injuries derailed his career, he was an All-Star in 2016. Salazar would be good insurance to have as a starter, but he looks more like a reliever at this point in his career. He can focus more on getting through one inning instead of 100 pitches. Salazar’s strikeout numbers already slotted well for a reliever, and he could add an extra strikeout artist to the bullpen.

New York Mets: Mets Claim Gonsalves, Move Taylor to 40-man Roster

After New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran was introduced on Monday, the Mets started making their first offseason roster moves. They claimed pitcher Stephen Gonsalves of waivers from the Twins and also moved reliever Blake Taylor on to their 40-man roster.

Gonsalves was a former top 100 prospect, but elbow injuries have derailed his career. He only has pitched in 24.2 innings in the big leagues and had a 6.57 ERA. The elbow issues led to Gonsalves only pitching 13 innings in the minors during the 2019 season, in which he had a 4.15 ERA. He has been a starter his whole career and could be a much needed depth piece to a pitching staff which lacked depth in 2019.

Left Handed Bullpen Depth

Taylor is a throwback to the Ike Davis trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2014 season. The roster move was made to prevent Taylor from becoming a free agent and gives them another left handed reliever. After struggling in the minors for the past couple of seasons, he broke out in 2019. Taylor split time between high-A and double-A where he had a 2.16 ERA in 66.2 innings with 74 strikeouts.

He also pitched to a 2.00 ERA during nine innings in the Arizona Fall League. Though, he has not pitched well at the triple-A level yet, he should start the season there. If the Mets do not add anything to their bullpen, Taylor will have a good chance to receive some big league innings in 2020.