Josh Edgin’s demotion was the only real surprise after the New York Mets‘ first round of spring cuts on Monday. Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz and Wilfredo Tovar were also optioned to the minors, but none of them were expected to make the Opening Day roster anyway. Edgin, after 34 games and a 3.77 ERA in 2013, was already penciled into a 2014 bullpen role. A 12.00 ERA in three spring games has put that notion under a dark cloud.
With a glut of southpaws across the pitching staff, the Mets would have been well served with Edgin’s arm as a lefty specialist. Now, he’s left another question mark for manager Terry Collins to figure out.
Not that this is the biggest deal in the world. I mean, without significant upgrades from outside the organization, the bullpen isn’t going to be a strength for this Mets team, Edgin or no Edgin.
This also might be a case of addition by subtraction. With Edgin out of the picture, Kyle Farnsworth unlikely to make the team, and Bobby Parnell’s neck seemingly OK, the bullpen situation is beginning to solidify.
Parnell will be the closer, set up by Vic Black and Jeurys Familia, who have both looked good so far. Carlos Torres and Jose Valverde will man the middle relief duties with Scott Rice inheriting the title of “lefty specialist.” LHP John Lannan gets a silver lining, too, knowing his new role as the Mets’ long relief option is secure.
Meh. Not bad, not great, but could be serviceable when the games start for real. If nothing else, the Mets finally got a question that’s easy to answer.