Montero and deGrom Could Be Just Weeks Away

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According to a report by Kristie Ackert of the Daily News, help in the form of Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero could be just weeks away for the Mets bullpen.

Ackert spoke with Mets assistant general manager John Ricco who said that “we are getting to the point where it’s probably weeks as opposed to months,” before they start tapping into the crop of young arms the Mets have in the minors.

“Ultimately that will be Sandy (Alderson’s) decision. But, I think we’re getting close.”

The Mets could certainly use the help sooner rather than later.

The Mets are fresh off of their seventh blown save in 13 chances this season, and own the worst save percentage in the majors.

Ricco said that one of their priorities is to make sure that when the young arms arrive, that they are going to actually help.

“The bigger factor is their development,” Ricco said. “They will be ready to come up here when they have done everything they needed to do down there.”

Of the group who was discussed, DeGrom seems to be the one who is the most polished. Currently, he sports a 4-0 record with a 1.89 ERA and 1.17 WHIP for Triple-A Las Vegas. Scouts and on-field personnel consider deGrom to be better-suited for the bullpen at the major league level than Montero, the article says.

“His performance has been there,” Ricco said. “But you look at his history, he has less time as a starter than the other guys. There are still things clearly he is working on, but his performance has been the best.”

Ricco repeated what Sandy Alderson said on Monday that it’s not necessary that each pitcher (deGrom and Montero) works out of the bullpen before coming up.

“No, we’ve talked about it and it is possible we may do that,” Ricco said, “but this is not a prerequisite.”

Coupled with the recent buzz of Jenrry Mejia possibly going to the bullpen, it certainly appears that two more pieces that have been tied to the Mets future are on their way. It may very well be that we see both Montero (as a starter) and deGrom (as a reliever) make their Mets debuts before this month is over.

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  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    What’s “weeks”? Two? Six? Eight?

    I do like the idea of Montero in the rotation and deGrom in the bullpen as opposed to both or the reverse.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Hopefully deGrom and Montero could up in 2-3 weeks as opposed to 4-6 weeks.

  • depressed Mets fan

    Wilpon business 101

    Potentially saving a couple if million towards the end of their contracts >>> greatly improving the bullpen, thus improving the team, thus showing fans you actually do care, thus leading to increased ticket sales, and finally, thus leading to making back those couple of millions plus some that you otherwise would have saved.

  • HobokenMetsFan

    Who trusts TC to manage these young, crucial to the future of the franchise arms in the pen?

    I certainly do not.

  • WillisReid

    I think Montero should move into the rotation, deGrom to the pen and Dice K to long relief and to the rotation when Montero gets shut down.

  • AJF

    Same here Just as much as I don’t trust the GM playing hitting coach

  • Flatbush0460

    No, not at all. Flame throwing rookies will sit on the bench while Dice K throws 80 pitches just warming up, and Valverde might as well just step off the rubber and throw the ball over the center field fence. It’s gonna end up there anyway….

  • TheMets philosophy

    Wow good to see John Ricco is still a living man

  • beers22

    So if Montero’s in the rotation then it would be at the expense of Mejia right? I’d prefer they kept Mejia in rotation and put degrom and montero in pen.

  • sperry

    I was thinking more that he’d grossly overuse them

  • MetsfanInParadise

    “Weeks” may be too long

  • 3doza33

    Please let Montero start!! Would love to see deGrom start too but there isn’t enough room. Most teams would love to have both these guys starting for them right now! Then we have Thor waiting! Wow!

  • Hodges14

    It’s all about Super2. They’re not going to bring these guys up until the deadline has safely passed. Doesn’t matter how many more games they lose between now and then.

  • Hodges14

    Super2 is usually mid-June isn’t it?

  • willywater88

    I cant imagine anything is set in stone but if Mejia has one or two more poor starts then this will probably happen.

  • What is the official Super 2 date? I want to start a countdown timer on my desk top.

  • Precisely! Let’s assume for the moment that the Wilpons are right about saving an extra year of high salary.
    That is based on the assumption that Player X puts up 4-5 years of productive play. If they guy stinks, he won’t get paid in 2019 or ever.
    Now, what would happen to the bottom line if we brought up 5 productive players and had them actually PRODUCE for an extra year? Wins=Attendance=Revenue
    Soooooooo, these guys will give you 2, 3, or 4 years of higher revenue at the cost of 1 year of higher salary in 2020???
    I would take the three years and lose them every time over “keep ’em on the farm and save money” approach every day of the week.
    Also, if the guy is just crap, you’ll never have to pay him any way.

  • KMO82

    Not just if they are productive but if the Mets identify who will be relievers and who will be starters the guys who are relievers will never make the Mega bucks a Harvey May be due in coming years. They need to assess there assets and use them appropriately.

  • NYM86

    I want to see Socolovich get a shot at the pen.

  • mr. belvedere

    I’ve been thinking all along that both would be up by June 1st and I’m sure a lot has to do with Super 2 status but also if one or both are put in the bullpen then both kids should have stayed in AAA starting til June for development reasons…say what you will about this front office but I like their commintment to developing players until they believe they are ready for the MLB…I’m hoping one goes to the bullpen and the other replaces Mejia in the rotation so he can slide to the pen…by June 1 the rotation should be Gee, Niese, Colon, Wheeler, and Degrom/Montero and the bullpen should be Mejia, Familia, Montero/Degrom, Torres, German, Rice, and Dice K (as the mop up/long man/emergency starter)