Every New York Mets fan wanted to see it happen. We all wanted to believe that manager Terry Collins pulled enough weight with his bosses that when he talked, they would listen. Evidently, what we want is not necessarily how it is going to happen with the team that we love.
The Mets announced their first round of cuts this morning according to Marc Carig of newsday.com, and the moves were not necessarily surprising:
Mets cuts: Wheeler, McHugh, Robles, Germen, Ramirez, Gorski, Havens, Legares, Tovar, Cuello.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) March 10, 2013
Yes, the Mets sent RHP Zack Wheeler to Triple-A Las Vegas, which leaves us wondering what might have happened if he had more chances to strut his stuff.. He only had the opportunity to make one appearance this spring, tossing two scoreless innings before pulling an oblique strain that left him sidelined.
Now Wheeler will have to change his focus from making the Mets, to wondering how soon can he force them to call him up to Flushing. “That was my goal — to make it out of spring training. I’ve got another goal, to be up here as soon as possible,” Wheeler said. “When I’m ready I’ll be up here. Hopefully that will be sooner than later.”
The Mets are so close to having hopefully one of the best duo of starting pitchers in the majors, and are wise to be patient at this time. Many might be calling to rush Wheeler to be teamed with Matt Harvey and the rest of this rotation, but his seasoning, health and confidence must come first at this stage of his development.
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud should be joining Wheeler soon in Las Vegas, and the two will be able to hone their skills together and build the repertoire they will need to bring to Queens when the call is made.
The others that were sent down were Collin McHugh, Darin Gorski, Gonzalez Germen, Hansel Robles, Elvin Ramirez, Reese Havens, Juan Lagares, Wilfredo Tovar and Cesar Puello. In my estimation, none of these cuts came as a bit of a shock. The Mets now have 45 players remaining in their camp, and this move will allow the others to get more work in as innings are expanded.
Look for the Mets to make some more moves in the next two weeks to refine their roster. “Rant” your opinions in the comments section below about this first round of cuts.