Baxter Claimed By Dodgers, Carson To Angels, Henn and Burke Ourighted
The Mets 40-Man roster is now at 36 after the Angels claimed lefthander Robert Carson on waivers, the Dodgers grabbed outfielder Mike Baxter, and the team outrighted LHP Sean Henn and RHP Greg Burke.
Expect more purging as the Mets must make room for Ike Davis, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell, Scott Rice and Johan Santana who must all be activated from 60-day disabled list and placed on the 40-man roster.
So technically, the Mets now have 44 players which means four more heads to roll.
With Halloween around the corner, this is perfect timing for some tricks or treats…
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports on the impending 40-man roster crunch the Mets will soon face after the World Series.
The Mets’ 40-man roster actually will be full even before the club adds farmhands eligible for the Rule 5 draft or signs any free agents this winter to major league deals.
That’s because eight players finished the season on the 60-day disabled list, where they did not count against the 40-man roster: Ike Davis, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell, Scott Rice and Johan Santana.
So the Mets, in essence, finished the season with 48 players on the 40-man roster.
Rubin adds that because the Mets only have eight free agents, the 40-man roster will be full once the players are activated from the 60-day DL no later than five days after the World Series.
David Aardsma, Tim Byrdak, Pedro Feliciano, Frank Francisco, Aaron Harang, LaTroy Hawkins, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Johan Santana will all become free agents after an exclusive, but short, negotiating window.
Who is the most likely to go?
You can be sure that Robert Carson, Sean Henn, Zach Lutz, and Mike Baxter may be the first to go. Guys on the bubble will include position players Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jordany Valdespin and Andrew Brown. and reliever Scott Atchison.
Prospects the Mets will have to protect from the Rule 5 draft include Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Darin Gorski, Jeff Walters and Cory Vaughn among others. They will need to be added to the 40-man by Nov. 20.
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