The Mets removed infielder Val Pascucci and right-handers Dale Thayer and Manny Alvarez from their 40-man roster, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com (on Twitter). The team's 40-man roster now includes 36 players (plus five others on the 60-day disabled list).
Pascucci, 32, appeared in the Major Leagues for the first time since 2004 this year after spending most of the season at Triple-A Buffalo, where he posted a .264/.375/.476 line with 21 home runs. Thayer, 30, also spent most of the season at Triple-A Buffalo. he posted a 2.66 ERA with 8.4 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 71 innings over the course of 54 relief appearances. Alvarez, 25, has never appeared in the Major Leagues. The reliever has a 4.05 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in six minor leagues seasons, but appeared in just nine games in 2011.