Sport 3 Mets players who won’t be on the roster by September 1
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These three members of the New York Mets roster will have at least a temporary departure from the big league club by September 1.
This certainly feels like a big year for the. How far can they take things?
The Mets swung big in the offseason then gave us a trade deadline featuring many smaller moves. Somehow, it looks like it's going to work. The runaway favorites to win the National League East at the moment, there could be some very different players on the roster by September 1.
Which players can we count on the team from Queens to hold to a higher standard and place on the roster bubble? It's these three.
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1) Mets roster will keep Adonis Medina in the revolving door spot of the bullpen
Adonis Medina has been up and down all season with the Mets. This isn't in reference to his performance either. This is strictly looking at where he has played.
Medina is one of several pitchers the Mets have featured in their bullpen in what is essentially a revolving door spot. Along with a few others, Medina is seeing regular innings for the New York Mets and the Triple-A affiliate Syracuse version.
It is what it is. Medina can give this team a dozen shutout innings but because they have so few pitchers with minor league options he's going to get sent down. Even with the oncoming roster expansion, the Mets will want the freshest arms they can find. He's on the same level as players like Stephen Nogosek and Yoan Lopez. Together, these three are performing pretty well and getting very familiar with how long it takes to go from Flushing to Syracuse.
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By September 1, Medina will be back in the minors. Don't fret. He will return.
2) Mets roster never did find its Joely Rodriguez upgrade
The longest-lasting lefty in the team's bullpen this season has been Joely Rodriguez. His rather underwhelming season has continued but with the occasional bright spot on the mound. There are some days where he looks like a great pickup for Billy Eppler. On others, fans are reminded that he's here and Andrew Chafin isn't.
Rodriguez came over to the Mets from the New York Yankees shortly before Opening Day. A questionable decision from the start, he hasn't been the answer many fans were hoping for. Control is an issue for Rodriguez whose role as the main and often lone lefty out of the bullpen shines a huge spotlight on him.
Rodriguez is out of minor league options so to move on from him the Mets would have to designate him for assignment. Considering he has made it this far into the year, it might be a reach to expect them to finally admit they didn't do enough. Add in the fact that they only added Mychal Givens, a righty, at the trade deadline and maybe we're a little too hopeful to believe there is a better option out there.
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If he can be at least reliable in blowouts, Buck Showalter will probably stick with Rodriguez and possibly start to use him exclusively to finish off innings with a tough lefty at the plate.
3) Mets roster has no room for Dominic Smith
Dominic Smith might never get another major league at-bat for the Mets. Additions of Darin Ruf, Daniel Vogelbach, and Tyler Naquin practically ensure it. Although currently injured and making his way back from a rehab assignment, it's clear the front office will just keep him in Triple-A once ready.
Smith had a hugely disappointing year for New York in what should have been a great opportunity to share the field with Pete Alonso. Smith was a brilliant role player for the team in 2019 and then reached a whole new level in 2020 when he actually received mild MVP consideration.
Those days are long over. Struggles throughout the 2021 season signed his playing time death warrant. The organization has decided to never let him play left field again. Instead, he has been a DH and first base option exclusively for them this year.
Things have gone real well with all of the Mets trade deadline additions. Smith is hardly missed. If not for being injured at the time of the deadline, we very well could have seen him moved. Instead, he stays put and will probably become another offseason candidate to get moved. Otherwise, Syracuse might get a little too familiar for him. The Mets are showing they don't have room for him anymore nor do they plan to make any.
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