The Mets announced Thursday that they’ve selected right-hander Tommy Hunter’s contract from Triple-A Syracuse and opened a spot on the 40-man roster by moving Carlos Carrasco from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL. Righty Jordan Yamamoto was optioned to Syracuse to open a spot on the 26-man roster.
Carrasco has yet to pitch for the Mets this season due to a hamstring strain. His move to the 60-day IL means he’ll need to spend a total of 60 days there — not 60 days starting today. Factoring in the month-plus he’s already spent on the IL, this is largely a procedural move, as he’s yet to even formally embark on a minor league rehab assignment. He’ll now be required to be shelved through most of this month, but assuming he’d need multiple rehab starts, he wouldn’t have been available until mid-month at the absolute earliest.
The 34-year-old Hunter opened the year in Syracuse after inking a minor league pact with the Mets. He’s no stranger to the NL East, having spent the past three seasons with the Phillies organization and pitching to a combined 3.64 ERA in 94 innings of work.
Hunter had a rocky run as a starter early in his career, but since moving to the bullpen on a full-time basis back in 2013, he’s been a consistently solid reliever. In 394 innings out of the bullpen since that time, he’s logged a 3.24 ERA while striking out 20.7 percent of opponents against a tiny 5.2 percent walk rate. He’ll give the Mets yet another experienced arm to add to a late-inning mix that includes veterans Edwin Diaz, Trevor May, Miguel Castro, Aaron Loup and Jeurys Familia.
Tommy Hunter is our 3rd best reliever, about time they called him up, should of just released Gsellman, hes just awful
Tommy Hunter can be solid for sure.
That’s 7 relievers that Ik are for sure better…
I don’t disagree with this list at all, but not everyone is healthy. Hunter can be servicable while guys are hurt.
No Ik hunter will be ok. I’m just pointed out to him that he is not our 3rd best RP.
Yeah. Definitely not in the top 5.
Diaz has to go.
Why? He’s had one bad outing this year. Guy is elite.
Yeah, perhaps you can agree that the deGrom guy needs to be placed on unconditional waivers.
Gsellmans been ok, no need to release him. Spot opened up when Carlos went to 60 day.
He’s not close to the Mets’ 3rd best reliever.
It’s a safe bet he’ll be their huskiest reliever.
It remains to be seen how this may work out, but this is all part of those “depth” signings made this off-season. It never hurts to have some experience waiting in the wings. Something the Wilpons would not go for. It used to be the Yankees stashing some veterans in Columbus or Scranton-WilkesBarre. Those vets knew what it took to be in the show, and would help the younger prospexta prepare.
The Lindor trade keeps getting better LOL
Didn’t give up much in the trade… but that contract is gonna be a ball and chain for sure
Cosmo2: Let’s see, 2 VERY controllable shortstops (1 seeing time in cf), #8 prospect SP Josh Wolf (2nd rd pick in ’19 who they signed for 2.15 million) AND OF Isaiah Greene who was their 2nd rd pick in ’20 who signed for $850,000. Granted Gimenez and Rosario are scuffling to start the season but they’re outperforming Lindor up to this point. That’s a decent chunk to give up for 1 yr of Lindor and 2-3 yrs of Carrasco for $24-$38 million depending on whether the club option is picked up.
Yea, you have a point. I think Rosario is basically a bust but Gimenez, despite his struggles, looks to me like a average hitting, slick fielding SS… I guess I never really valued Wolf or Greene that much but I could be wrong there. Bottom line is, the worst thing for me about that trade is that it led to the monstrous contract.
Jimenez and Rosario are OPS+-ing 53 and 60, respectively (ie, two of the worst hitters in the league) but yeah, sure. ‘Getting better’.
Hunter can be good and he can be very bad. Watched him for 3 years in philly. Key member last year to the worst bullpen in baseball history
Carrasco threw 6 IP in Port St Lucie on Tuesday. Something went wrong…
Maybe not. Technically, Lugo could go on the 60-day too if he’s coming back at the end of May.
Carrasco is the new Jed Lowrie.
Missing the first 2 months of the season and you’re already comparing him to someone who only had like 6 at bats within 2 years?
Are you not aware what being on the 60-Day usually means for any player?
Good point. It would be prudent to hold off on the ‘it’s probably no big deal’ comments for a while. The Phillies lost Charlie Morton for an entire season five years ago due to a torn hamstring.
He’s already been on the IL for close to 40 days. All it means in this situation is that he won’t be back before the end of the month.
Wow, I had to go back and look at Lowrie’s Mets numbers, or lack thereof – 9 games, 8 plate appearances, 7 at bats, 0 hits. That’s an impressive exercise in futility. Everyone on this site could’ve provided the same results for a hell of a lot less money.
Wait and see. He’s a good one when healthy. They must figure he’s not going to hit the mound in a major league game for at least three weeks anyway.