Jeremy Hefner was one of five players released by the Mets prior to Monday’s non-tender deadline.
He is likely to miss all of 2014 season after having Tommy John surgery this past summer.
Hefner politely declined to discuss the situation, according to the Bergen Record, saying he will share his thoughts after he finds a new team.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Yikes, well, that doesn’t sound promising… It reads like he has every intention of finding a new home, and with no interest in a return to the Mets. The whole thing seems a bit odd, considering he would have still been under contract through 2015 at around $500,000 had he remained on the team. I hope the organization was simply opening a roster spot, as opposed to waiting to do it when he could be added to the 60-man disabled list. The other theory is they simply wanted to save the money.
In either case, this is disappointing because he had been this team’s best pitcher during certain stretches last year. He struggled, made adjustments to how he concealed the ball from the batter, and then allowed three earned runs or fewer during 15 of his first 18 starts, during which he had a 3.33 ERA. He ended his season with a 4.49 FIP in 130.2 innings before experiencing pain in his elbow and forearm. He was making a name for himself and it’s sad to think he’s career may be totally derailed. I wish him the best of luck, and I hope Alderson thought this all the way through…