A pair of players designated for assignment as teams set their Opening Day rosters recently passed through waivers unclaimed.
- The Mets have outrighted Jordan Yamamoto to Triple-A Syracuse, tweets Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. The right-hander doesn’t have the requisite service time to refuse the assignment, so he’ll remain in the organization and try to pitch his way back onto the roster. New York acquired Yamamoto, formerly a decently-regarded pitching prospect, in a minor deal with the division-rival Marlins in February 2021. Unfortunately, he spent the bulk of his first season in Queens on the injured list. Yamamoto has pitched to a 6.05 ERA in 96 2/3 MLB innings, but he’s performed well up through Double-A and doesn’t have much experience at the minors’ top level.
- The Athletics have outrighted southpaw Sam Selman to Triple-A Las Vegas, according to their transactions tracker at MLB.com. Like Yamamoto, he’ll have to stick in the organization by virtue of never having previously been outrighted and not having reached three years of MLB service. The 31-year-old reliever has pitched 54 2/3 innings over 59 MLB appearances with the Giants and Angels the past three seasons. He owns a 4.77 ERA and hasn’t posted particularly strong peripherals, but Selman has handled left-handed batters well throughout his big league tenure. The A’s already have Adam Kolarek, Sam Moll, A.J. Puk and Kirby Snead as lefty bullpen options on the 40-man roster, but Selman will try to pitch his way back into that mix during his time with the Aviators.
What’s going on with Puk?
“What the Puk?”
Isn’t he in the A’s bullpen?
Yes, one scoreless inning so far. 2 Ks but labored a bit (20+ pitches in said appearance.) I think he’s fine but I don’t closely follow the A’s.
Blankenhorn was DFA’d same time as Yamamoto. Any word if he cleared waivers?
Outrighted to Syracuse 2, 3 days ago.
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Glad the Mets will hang onto Yamamoto for now. Any other time of year and he’s probably claimed, but imo it’s challenging for teams to claim a player at the moment after just paring rosters down for OD.
Timing has nothing to do with it – other outrighted players are being claimed every day. His arm is just shot right now. Word out of Mets blogs is that his fastball velo is down to 90-ish now. The Mets initially optioned him down the very first day of ST. So they clearly knew instantly that he had no chance of being ready for OD. The fact that they requested outright on him before Blankenhorn or Y Diaz – even with deGrom down and Scherzer delayed says he’s just not close to useful right now.
Yea they DFAd him cuz they KNEW he wouldn’t be picked up by anyone and they could retain him anyway.
Thank you Johnny Superscout
The Mets are going to need him now with Walker out!
BTW wheres that guy tripping on the purple haze who told me Walker was not out?
I seriously doubt Yamamoto will get the call if Walker goes on the IL. He’s not even on the 40 man roster.
Even with deGrom and Walker out, the Mets have a solid five of Scherzer, Bassitt, Carrasco, Megill, Peterson. After them they have Trevor Williams and Reid-Foley for depth, plus Szapucki and Medina on the 40-man. Yamamoto is probably 10th on the SP depth chart right now with the injuries.
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Boom. Laying down some facts.
@Canosucks You realize he started the game tonight right? He wasn’t out. Also you talked about his knee which he had surgery for. Well he left today’s game due to arm soreness. Completely unrelated to the injury you called him out for. I’m not a Met fan. I think they’re a solid team, but old. I think outside of Scherzer and Bassitt their rotation is iffy. But I also called you out for stating something that wasn’t true. Walker was not out. He didn’t miss his start, but ironically suffered another injury during it. That doesn’t make your first statement true.
We can’t believe we gave up on Mr. Yamamoto. As professional as it gets.