How Did Sean Green Nail The Final Bullpen Spot?

An article by posted on April 4, 2010

When the Mets made their final cuts today, it opened the door for plenty of second guessing from diehard Mets fans and media alike. The Mets never make it easy on themselves…

One of the more peculiar decisions the Mets made in finalizing their 25 man roster today, was deciding to keep reliever Sean Green over some other more worthy options.

In his final tuneup of the season today against the Orioles, Green was as bad as he’s been all spring long. Unable to even complete his inning of work, Green allowed two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and four earned runs including a homerun to Nolan Reimold.

He finishes the spring with a 6.94 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.

Green was already in jeopardy of losing his bullpen spot even before spring training started mainly because he was so ineffective last season when he blew three saves, lost four games and posted a 4.57 ERA.

He had to go out there and absolutely win himself a job. In my opinion he did not.

Surely the Mets saw the same Green we did, so how did he possibly make the bullpen over Pat Misch or Bobby Parnell or Kiko Calero?

You know what, I can even see Calero going down to build some arm strength, no biggie… But I was still surprised to see Misch (1.38 ERA) cut so early, and then I figured that somehow Raul Valdes (2.04 ERA) would win that final spot today, but it wasn’t meant to be. 

So how did Green pull it off? It wasn’t past performance? It wasn’t his spring performance?

The answer may be money…

Green had minor league options and the Mets could have sent him to Buffalo without the risk of losing him, but because they owed him $980K dollars, the decision was made to keep him on the roster over a more worthy player.

The decision to keep Green wasn’t made with the intention of keeping the player who could help build a better bullpen. Winning had nothing to do with it. This was all about saving a buck.

Bad job Omar… Or does this have the Wilpon’s fingerprints all over it? Either way this was a small market mentality that shouldn’t be tolerated when you play in New York, baseball’s grandest stage.

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