Teams have asked the Mets about right-hander Robert Gsellman, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, but Sandy Alderson has told them he’s not available.
Gsellman, 23, burst onto the scene in 2016 after injuries kept on mounting throughout the year. Initially promoted from Triple A Las Vegas when lefty Steven Matz was placed on the disabled list in August, Gsellman figured to be pitching mainly out of the bullpen, even though he had started 89 of 101 games in the minors. He ended up stepping in to replace the injured Jon Niese and never looked back.
With Matz, Harvey, and Wheeler all out of the rotation, and deGrom soon to follow, Gsellman, along with Syndergaard, Colon, and Lugo were tasked with keeping the Mets in contention for the postseason. He started seven games in August and September, along with his relief appearance in St. Louis, and compiled a 4-2 record with a 2.42 ERA (7th best among all rookies).
His starts included two games against the Washington Nationals in September, where he went 1-0 while tossing 11.2 innings, giving up 11 hits, one earned run, while fanning eight. Gsellman also pitched in Philadelphia on September 30, when he went six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts, ensuring the Mets would at least qualify for a tiebreaker game, and moved the Mets within one win or one Cardinals loss of clinching a wild card spot.
Sandy understands what he has in Gsellman and the fact so many teams ask about him is further proof the Mets have themselves another prized arm to keep an eye on.