The Angels claimed LHP Robert Carson off waivers, and the Dodgers claimed OF Mike Baxter.
LHP Sean Henn and RHP Greg Burke were outrighted off the 40-man roster.
The Mets 40-man roster is at 36.
Michael Baron, Contributor
The Mets aren’t done cutting from their 40-man roster.
Minor leaguers Jake deGrom, Jeff Walters, Greg Peavey, Cory Vaughn and Steven Matz all need to be added to the 40-man roster by November 20 to avoid being exposed to the Rule 5 draft. Plus, the Mets have eight players on the 60-day DL, including Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell, who will also need to be added to the 40-man roster within five days after the World Series.
Basically, if the Mets add all five minor leaguers to protect them from the Rule 5 draft – and it’s not yet clear all five will be added yet – the team would have to remove five players from the 40-man roster. In addition, the Mets will need to clear additional space for any new talent they add this winter either by trade or free agency.
Last weekend, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York suggested the possibility the Mets could cut Jordany Valdespin, Scott Atchison, Zach Lutz, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Andrew Brown, as well as Baxter, Carson, Henn and Burke, to make room on the 40-man roster.
Valdespin is a no brainer to cut loose. I was surprised the Mets didn’t cut Valdespin when he was taken off the restricted list in September. Given everything that has happened with him, from the behavioral problems to the PED suspension, I can’t see how he survives this roster purge.
On the other hand, I’d be surprised if the Mets cut Atchison. He dealt with more elbow problems this year and was up and down when he pitched, but he’s a good presence with a lot of experience, which Sandy Alderson should see as valuable.
As for the other first group of players Rubin mentioned, most are basically fringe players at this point and the Mets pretty much know what they have in all of them going forward. It would be an easy decision to designate any one of them for assignment to make room for someone else, since they will probably pass through waivers and stay in the organization anyway, assuming they don’t elect free agency.