By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on September 1, 2014
It’s September 1, and rosters in baseball have officially expanded to 40 for the remainder of the season. For the New York Mets, it’s an opportunity to further experiment with some of their young players. Thus far, four players have been called up, with more likely to come later. Here are five takeaways from the players who the Mets chose to call up to the big leagues.
The Mets have three minor league affiliates in the postseason, including Double-A and Triple-A clubs in Binghamton and Las Vegas, which is holding up several guys who would have otherwise been brought up. Pitchers like Rafael Montero, Gonzalez Germen, and possibly Noah Syndergaard won't be brought up until their minor league playoff run ends, so we'll have to wait a little while for the full list of the Mets' September call-ups.
With Vic Black on the DL, Daisuke Matsuzaka having arm trouble, and Josh Edgin being MIA for over a week, the Mets needed to bring up a couple extra arms for the bullpen right away. With an ERA over 5.00 this season, Erik Goeddel wasn't essential for the Triple-A playoffs; being on the 40-man roster, he was easy to bring up as an extra arm while the Mets also add lefty Dario Alvarez.
With Josh Edgin hurt, Scott Rice injured and mostly ineffective this season, and Dana Eveland being a short-term filler, the Mets would love a second lefty in their bullpen next year. So, they'll give Dario Alvarez a shot this September. Alvarez has pitched just 12 innings above Low-A ball, but he's 25 and may have the stuff to stick as a lefty specialist. The Mets have nothing to lose by taking a look at him in September.
Satin was on the Mets' Opening Day roster, but had three hits in 28 at-bats and was soon replaced by Eric Campbell. He's hit .289/.386/.439 in Triple-A since then and instead of hanging around for the Triple-A playoffs, the Mets will let him spend September in the big leagues. Of course, at age 29, this could be his last chance to prove he can be a useful bench piece for the Mets.
Soon after being released, the Mets signed Abreu to a minor league contract, and it's a little surprising that he's staying in Las Vegas for the Triple-A playoffs rather than joining the Mets on September 1. Las Vegas should be fine without him, and you'd think a veteran like him would prefer the big leagues over Triple-A, but it appears that he'll wait until the Triple-A playoffs are over to return to the Mets.
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