TODAY: The Mets have officially released Tarpley, as first reported by SNY’s Jacob Resnick (Twitter link). Tarpley also recently announced on his Instagram page that he will be undergoing some type of surgery, though the exact nature of the procedure isn’t known.
JULY 11: The Mets have designated reliever Stephen Tarpley for assignment, according to the MLB.com transactions tracker. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Jerad Eickhoff, whose previously-reported selection has been made official.
Tarpley has made one appearance for New York this season, failing to record an out while allowing a hit, two walks and a hit batsmen. He has made nine appearances at Triple-A Syracuse, allowing seventeen runs (fifteen earned) in just 8 2/3 innings.
It obviously hasn’t been a banner season for Tarpley, but he’s appeared in the big leagues in each of the past four years. A former Orioles and Pirates prospect, the southpaw made his debut with the Yankees and has also seen some time with the Marlins. Across 44 2/3 MLB innings, the 28-year-old has a 7.05 ERA/4.46 SIERA. He’s missed bats at a slightly above-average 11.3% clip and struck out a solid 26.7% of batters faced at the big league level. But Tarpley’s also issued walks at an alarming 14.3% rate and served up eight home runs in his brief major league work. The Mets will have a week to trade him or expose him to waivers.