Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus dropped a few thoughts on the Mets’ Rule 5 draft selections.
Mets: Darren O’Day, RHP, Angels
O’Day basically becomes an instant $50,000 replacement for Joe Smith, who was included in the 12-player deal that netted them J.J. Putz. Like Smith, O’Day is a sidearmer who struggles against lefties but is effective against righties and gets ground-ball outs. A nice find this late.
I’m a little surprised that Goldstein is as positive as he is on O’Day, but his logic is explained further in Rocky Cherry’s comment.
Mets: Rocky Cherry, RHP, Orioles
The oldest of the Rule 5 selections, Cherry has been an up-and-down guy for some time now due to his plus velocity, and this pick is basically designed to add to the competition this spring, as the Metropolitans’ two Rule 5 selections compete with newly acquired Sean Green for what might be just one spot in the Mets’ revamped bullpen.
Why stop there? The spring training bullpen competition should be fascinating. Right now, Green, Cherry, O’Day (if he’s healthy), Parnell, Kunz and maybe Muniz will be battling just a few spots.