Thursday Mailbag: Again, with the Callups

mailbag_artJoe S writes:

I am not sure of the rules regarding september call ups, but I was under the impression that teams could expand their rosters to 40 players.  I am curious as to why the Mets have not used this extra roster space to call up Adam Bostick or Argenis Reyes among others? I was hoping you could shed some light on this for me.

Also, was wondering what the Mets future plans are, if any, for Eddie Kunz?

1. In September, any planer on the Mets 40-man roster can be activated.  From Opening Day to August 31, teams are limited to 25 men on their 40-man roster.  Adam Bostick is not currently on the Mets 40-man roster.  At this writing, after recently adding Tobi Stoner, the Mets have 45 players on the 40-man roster, with six on the 60-day DL, who don’t count towards the 40-man limit, leaving the Mets one spot to play with if they wanted to add Bostick.

2. The 26 year-old Bostick would make a fine second lefty in the bullpen next year coming off a season with Buffalo where he was 0-3 with a 3.26 ERA and fanned 43 batters while walking 18 in 38.2 innings pitched.  He held lefties to a paltry .211/.286/.263 in 38 AB, while righties hit a stronger .231/.323/.472 in 108 AAA AB against him.  The Mets should add Bostick to the 40-man roster this offseason.

3. Reyes, who will turn 27 in two weeks, hit .282/.336/.377 in 101 games for Buffalo this year.  He was 2-for-17 with the Mets this year and mustered just a .218/.259/.245 showing last year in 110 AB.  What purpose would calling him up serve?  He’s proven he can’t hit MLB pitching.  Unlike Bostick, he owns a place on the Mets 40-man roster, but is unlikely to hold a similar spot leaving spring training next year.

4. As for Kunz, he’s really pitched himself out of the Mets plans.  A year ago, he was perceived as part of a solution for the Mets bullpen.  Now, coming off a year in AAA in which the 23-year old struck out just 38 and walked 31 in 61 innings while giving up eight homers, he just doesn’t look like a viable MLB pitcher.  His sinker is less impressive and he still doesn’t have a reliable second weapon against lefties who battered him for a .313/.392/.494 line in 83 AB in AAA.  Sure, reliever performance is fluky, but Kunz will be pitching for his spot on the 40-man roster next spring.

There are 2 comments

  1. NateW

    Bostick is one of those players whose status confuses me. His options are up, but he cleared waivers and signed with the Mets as a minor league free agent. So now can someone else take him in the rule 5 draft, or is he a minor league free agent able to sign with anyone? If they added him to the 40 man roster they would be able to retain him, but he would have to be on the 25 man roster. I’m guessing its in the Mets best interest to resign him to a minor league deal and add him to the 40 man roster only if (when) he makes the team next March.

    Teams do need to be careful about putting too many guys on the 60 day DL. At the end of the season teams have to reset their 40 man roster and if there are extra players they need to be put through waivers. While the Mets do have a 4 or 5 expendable players, they don’t have 7 or 8. At least not ones you would want to lose for nothing.

    Is there still a chance Fernando Martinez returns mid September as was originally reported with his surgery?

    Kunz is probably a guy the Mets could slip off the 40 man roster this winter.

    1. NickM

      FMart is out for the year, according to a Baseball Prospectus ‘Under the Knife’ report last week..

      If the Mets take Kunz off the 40-man this winter he’ll surely be claimed.

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