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Sewald and Rowen May Force a Roster Move

During Spring Training, Paul Sewald and Ben Rowen have emerged as real possibilities for the Opening Day bullpen. The issue with adding either player to the Opening Day roster is neither reliever is on the 40 man roster. Moreover, there is currently no room on the 40 man roster. Therefore, if the Mets want to carry either Sewald or Rowen on the Opening Day roster, the team is going to have to make a roster move.

The first possibility is putting David Wright on the 60 day disabled list. At this point in time, Wright is still not throwing, and there is no known timetable as to when he will be able to throw. Accordingly, it is eminently possible he will need an extended stay on the disabled list. If so, putting Wright on the 60 day disabled list would open up one spot.

The issue arises if Wright does not need a stay on the 60 day disabled list or if the Mets were going to look to add both Sewald and Rowen to the roster. To that end, there are some players who could be moved off the roster.

Normally, this is where most Mets fans would point to Rafael Montero. However, Montero has pitched quite well this Spring. It’s more than the 2.70 ERA. Montero has been trusting his stuff more, and he has been pounding the strike zone. As a result, we are finally starting to see what the Mets have seen with their decision to keep Montero on the 40 man roster all these years. Now, if you are keeping Montero, this means someone else is going to need to be removed from the roster.

The most likely candidate is Josh Edgin. Prior to his Tommy John surgery, Edgin could throw 95 MPH. With his fastball, he dominated left-handed batters, and he could hold his own against right-handed batters. Post-surgery, Edgin is throwing in the high 80s to the low 90s. He has not been the same pitchers since, and the results are no longer there. He’s also struggling this Spring. With him being out of options, it’s hard to justify having him block someone else’s path.

Erik Goeddel is another Mets reliever who struggled in 2016 that is also struggling in 2017. Last year, Goeddel pitched through bone spurs, and he had a 4.54 ERA. Unfortunately, things have not been better after the surgery. Goeddel does not seem to have his command or velocity, and as a result, he has posted a 9.95 ERA in seven appearances.

Another pitcher who struggled last year and is struggling in Spring Training is Sean Gilmartin. Gilmartin was a terrific long man in 2015 to a pitcher without a role last year. He bounced back-and-forth between Triple A starter and major leauge reliever. He did not handle the transition well. Now, he is struggling yet again posting a 6;75 ERA.

Certainly, the Mets could hope that Edgin, Goeddel, or Gilmartin rebound in 2017. However, those hopes are not going to stand in the way of the team putting together the best possible bullpen they can put together on Opening Day.

3 thoughts on “Sewald and Rowen May Force a Roster Move”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Maybe it is time to let Goeddel, Elgin and Gilmartin to be be reassigned and all put on procedural waivers.

    The embarassment of years past of relievers traded for little or let go who blossomed almost entirely were like those like Heath Bell who high velocity stuff.

    Maybe it is too early for more 40 man roster adds beyond putting Wright on the 60 day disabled list and putting only one of these relievers put on procedural waivers but if protecting for Rule 5 is now I would rather expose all three.

    I do not remember any recent history postseason bullpen that would ever call upon any of these three.

    Who knows, Edgin getting past two Tommy Johns may take a little more time or his lower velicity and temefied by a need for a new pitch?

    Checking the minor league system of recent prospect adds in the last few years there is a surprising very low HR rate per nine innings. It is remarkable. I do not think this is serendipitous.

    That pitcher HR stat and batters K/SS ratio in the minors for the Mets minor league system is unprecedented and in my view intentional.

    Finally, what would it take for Goeddel, Edgin or Gilmartin to bring trade value?

    Would they have to prove more success while yaking a spot on the 25 man roster?

    Which other pitcher(s) needs to get sent down to make room? What could Dandy possibly obtain in trade and would they need to even wait for a July trade? I say a long shot at best or more likely that these guys all get cut before 2018.

    I had an issue with Bobby Parnell long before his Tommy John. Though I saw velocity I never saw previous success as a pitcher at any level ever in his career before the major leagues. I did hope he could be servicable after the Mets did not re-sign him yet outside of Gilmartin like Smocker being previous #1 picks what great success over three straight years did any of these three pitchers achieve.

    Speaking of HR rate can Hansel Robles ever get his down or does he just lose focus and it can be remedied?

    Corey Taylor may not be ready for Citifield for 2017 and even the first half of 2018 yet I would rather have him up in the sixth or seventh in 2017 than either Gilmartin or Goeddel.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Personally, I wonder if Gilmartin would once again thrive in the long man role he once occupied.

      As for Goeddel, he may just need a little more time to rehab.

      Unfortunately, Edgin looks shot. You might be able to change his mechanics to help, but with his being out of options, I’m not sure it’s worth the time and investment.

  2. Gothamist says:

    Maybe it is time to let Goeddel, Elgin and Gilmartin to be be reassigned and all put on procedural waivers.

    The embarassment of years past of relievers traded for little or let go who blossomed almost entirely were like those like Heath Bell who high velocity stuff.

    Maybe it is too early for more 40 man roster adds beyond putting Wright on the 60 day disabled list and putting only one of these relievers put on procedural waivers but if protecting for Rule 5 is now I would rather expose all three.

    I do not remember any recent history postseason bullpen that would ever call upon any of these three.

    Who knows, Edgin getting past two Tommy Johns may take a little more time or his lower velicity and remedied by a need and successful add for a new pitch? I know little about his success before 2015. I do not know about Goeddel at UCLA nor Gilmartin before the amatuer draft either.

    Checking the minor league system of recent prospect adds in the last few years there is consistently a surprising very low HR rate per nine innings with the better pitching prospects. It is remarkable. I do not think this is serendipitous.

    That pitcher HR stat and a bery positive Billyballesque batter’s K/BB ratio in the minors for the Mets prospects in thevminor league system is unprecedented and in my view quite intentional via drafting and/or development.

    What would it take for Goeddel, Edgin or Gilmartin to bring trade value?

    Would they have to prove more success while taking a spot on the 25 man roster? How long would it take? Would putting them in during liosidded scores be enough to simulate a high pressured scenario?

    Which other pitcher(s) needs to get sent down to make room? What could Dandy possibly obtain in trade and would they need to even wait for a July trade? I say a long shot at best or more likely that these guys all get cut before 2018.

    When a team picks up a reclamation project reliever and succeeds. under what circumstances, April, July or in the winter? I say the winter.

    I had an issue with Bobby Parnell long before his Tommy John. Though I saw velocity I never saw previous success as a pitcher at any level ever in his career before the major leagues. I did hope he could be servicable after the Mets did not re-sign him yet outside of Gilmartin like Smocker being previous #1 picks what great success over three straight years did any of these three pitchers achieve.

    Speaking of HR rate can Hansel Robles ever get his down or does he just lose focus and it can be remedied?

    Is Jerry Blevins and his fastball at 88-92 one extended slump away from being ineffective? Will Blevins be reduced to being a one batter specialist and are those days over where he is more effective against righties? Does he have to exhaist himself mentally to be effective? We do remember Tyler Clippard not being resigned for 2016.

    Corey Taylor may not be ready for Citifield for 2017 and even the first half of 2018 yet I would rather have him up in the sixth or seventh in 2017 than either Gilmartin or Goeddel.

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