MMO’s John Delcos just reported that the Mets have reassigned RHP Zack Wheeler, RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Gonzalez Germen, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Elvin Ramirez, LHP Darin Gorski, 2B Reese Havens, OF Juan Lagares, IF Wilfredo Tovar, and OF Cesar Puello to minor league camp.
Wheeler said he was disappointed, but not surprised. Was told at start of camp this would happen
One major league executive estimated the Super 2 cutoff may be around June 15 this year, so we may not see Wheeler until after that date.
With the cuts, the Mets now have 45 players in major league camp.
Original Post 3/9
Mazzoni finished the Spring with with a 3.38 ERA in eight innings, Montero had a 4.50 ERA in four innings, and Centeno was 0-for-1 in two Grapefruit League games.
The Mets currently have a full 40-man roster, but they also have many non-roster invites that are vying for spots on the 25 with a legitimate shot to make the team.
Those players include Scott Atchison, LaTroy Hawkins, Pedro Feliciano, Brian Bixler, Omar Quintanilla, Marlon Byrd and Andrew Brown. If any of them make the active roster, some cuts will need to be made.
Players on the bubble who could get removed from the 40-man include: Gonzalez Germen, Elvin Ramirez, Robert Carson, and then it starts getting a little dicey. Any of those players can be optioned to the minors without being exposed to waivers.
Currently, the only player in camp without any options is infielder Brandon Hicks. If he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster, there’s a good chance he would be picked up by another team once he is exposed to waivers. The Mets acquired Hicks from the Oakland A’s during the offseason.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, a player with significant MLB experience the previous season who comes to camp the next year on a minor league deal gets an early decision on whether he has made the team.
Three players in Mets camp qualify: LaTroy Hawkins,Pedro Feliciano and Tim Byrdak. By noon on March 26, the Mets must either inform those players they’ve made the team, pay them $100,000 to go to the minors, or release them.