Mets lefty reliever Justin Hampson has been removed from the team’s 40-man roster and has opted for free agency.
Hampson, 32, appeared in 13 games with the Mets in 2012, his first major league action since his time with the Padres in 2008.
The Mets southpaw had a seriously good season in Triple-A Buffalo where he appeared in 51 games and pitched to a 2.33 ERA while striking out 59 batters and walking just 22.
Hampson would be a solid option for many a major league bullpen, and wherever he lands in 2013, we wish him the best. He’s a class act.
The Mets are counting heavily on Josh Edgin and Robert Carson to fill the left-handed void in the bullpen next season, and with so many other bigger problems on their plate, don’t expect that to change..