The Mets are planning to select infielder Deven Marrero onto the major league roster, reports Andy Martino of SNY (Twitter link). New York also plans to recall reliever Adonis Medina from Triple-A Syracuse, Martino adds. That duo will fill the extra two active roster spots with the September expansion from 26 to 28 players. New York will need to make a 40-man roster transaction to accommodate Marrero.
It’ll be the second MLB stint of the season for Marrero. The veteran infielder signed a minor league deal with New York in July and was briefly added to the big league roster a couple weeks ago. He appeared in three games, tallying four plate appearances, before being designated for assignment. After clearing outright waivers, Marrero accepted an assignment back to Triple-A. He’s headed back to the big leagues just a few days later.
Marrero has never been a great hitter, and he carries a .192/.247/.280 line through 371 MLB plate appearances spread over parts of seven seasons. The 32-year-old has posted just a .217/.309/.325 mark with three homers in 36 games with Syracuse this year, bringing his career line at the Triple-A level to .229/.291/.333.
The appeal lies in Marrero’s defensive versatility. He’s best suited for action at third base but capable of manning anywhere on the infield. The former first-rounder has rated as a plus defender at the hot corner throughout his career in the eyes of public metrics, so he’ll offer a glove-first option for manager Buck Showalter. The Mets infield depth has thinned out in recent weeks, with Luis Guillorme and rookie Brett Baty hitting the injured list. Baty is headed for surgery tomorrow to repair a ligament tear in his thumb; he could miss the rest of the 2022 season.