Who’s on the Mets 40 Man Roster that’s not in the Bigs?

Currently, the Mets 40 man roster has 44 players.

How can that be?  A player that’s been transferred to the 60 day DL opens up an available roster  spot on the 40.  In other words, players with long term injuries aren’t blocking a 40 man spot for another player.  The Mets currently have 4 players on the 60 day DL:

Johan Santana

Frank Francisco

Jenrry Mejia

Juerys Familia

There are currently two players on the MLB 15 day DL – Ruben Tejada and Scot Atchison.

A player has to be on the 40 man roster to be on the active big league 25 man roster.  When Carlos Torres was promoted from AAA, he wasn’t on the 40 man.  Promoting him to the majors wasn’t as simple as moving Burke down and bringing Torres up.  A player had to be dropped from the 40 man to make room for Torres.  That player turned out to be Collin McHugh, who was designated for assignment.

This means the Mets have 10 days to either return McHugh to the 40 man roster, place him on waivers (where he can be claimed by another team), trade him, or release him.  If a player clears waivers, isn’t traded, and gets released – he becomes a free agent and can sign with any team, including the one that just released him.

Collin McHugh now finds him in this position where he will be in limbo for the next 10 days.  He may be back in Vegas in AAA.  He may find himself claimed on waivers by another team.  He likely won’t be traded.

But who are the players on the 40 man roster that currently aren’t either on the big league club or on the disabled list at the major league level?  Some we’re very familiar with.  Others we’re not.

Greg Burke – just got sent down.  Now in AAA Las Vegas.

Robert Carson – we know him, too.  AAA

Zach Wheeler – if you have to ask about this one, stop reading this page.

Travis d’Arnaud – see above.

Ike Davis – again, see above.

Mike Baxter – AAA.  Savior of Johan’s no-hitter.

Andrew Brown – AAA

Cesar Puello – AA Binghamton

Wilmer Flores – AAA

Zach Lutz – AAA

Wilfredo Tovar – AA Binghamton

Gonzalez German – AAA

Hansel Robles – A Port St. Lucie

Hansel Robles is currently in high A ball.  He’s currently on the minor league DL and has gone 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 7 starts, 34.2 innings, 27 hits, 13 walks, and 32 strikeouts.  In 2012 in Brooklyn, he went 6-1 with a 1.11 ERA in 12 starts, 72.2 innings, 47 hits, 10 walks, 66 strikeouts, and did not allow an earned run over his last 36 innings.

Gonzalez German is a pitcher who’s started in his minor league career before switching to relief at AAA Vegas this season.  He’s 3-3 with a 6.21 ERA in 29 appearances, 37.2 innings, 40 strikeouts with 43 hits and 10 walks.  If he’s still on the 40 man roster in September, he’ll probably get a call up to see if he can do anything on the MLB level to see if he’ll still be on the 40 man next year.

Wilfredo Tovar – AA shortstop with zero pop in his bat.  Hasn’t hit for much of an average, but makes contact and doesn’t strike out much, either.  His future and chance for a shot may lie in Tejada’s performance once Tejada comes off the disabled list.

Zach Lutz – AAA 3B.  Has the very unenviable position of being blocked by David Wright.  Not much of a major league future with the Mets.  He’s been able to hit at every level of the minors and has had just 11 MLB at-bats.  He’s a minor league free agent after this year and he’ll hope to showcase himself in the few pinch hit at-bats he’ll get for someone to take a chance on him this offseason.

Wilmer Flores – AAA.  Very interesting.  He’s playing 2B.  If Ike doesn’t get it together and gets non-tendered, we may be looking at next year’s second baseman with Daniel Murphy going to first base.  If Ike gets it together and proves himself to be a piece of the solution and not part of the problem, does Daniel Murphy get floated as trade bait to lure an outfielder and Flores slides into his place?

Cesar Puello – AA.  Until this BioGenesis scandal gets settled, he’s a big question mark.  He may be on the 40 man roster, but I don’t think he’ll get a September call up if he’s not suspended.  This team has enough distractions as it is without a rookie adding to it.

Andrew Brown – he’s tearing up AAA.  If he’s not up again at some point this season, he’ll be up in September.  Don’t know if he’ll be any part of the mix next season.

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