The New York Mets are a mess. Injuries currently litter their roster. They just put an end to an eight-game losing streak last night. And now, per ESPN, they have released first baseman Adrián González after just five months. But that means they’re not releasing José Reyes, who is currently slashing .149/.213/.203 across 80 plate appearances. However, the Mets releasing González isn’t much of a surprise either. On the season, he’s slashing just .237/.299/.373 with five doubles and six home runs.
And this isn’t the only move the Mets are making. Per ESPN, they’ve designated catcher José Lobatón for assignment while recalling utility man Ty Kelly and once-promising (and hopefully still promising prospect — first baseman Dominic Smith. A top 100 prospect for three years running (2015-17), Smith got his cup of coffee in the majors last season. Over 183 plate appearances, he hit just .198/.262/.395 with six doubles and nine home runs. But now he’s doing enough again this season at AAA to warrant the recall. Plus, the Mets have holes all over their roster. Why not let Smith get an extended look out there to see what he can do?
Regardless, there’s probably no quick fix for the Mets in the near future. They’ve fallen to 28-34 on the season. The only two NL teams with worse records are the Miami Marlins (23-42) and Cincinnati Reds (23-43). They are so bad, in fact, that pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard might be available at the deadline.
Then there’s González, who’s still making $21.5 million in the final year of his seven-year deal with the Boston Red Sox. However, the Mets are only on the hook for $545,000 of it. Hooray?