Mets: 5 Players Who Will Not Be Back in 2015
With the New York Mets not doing particularly well this season, many fans are probably looking forward to the 2015 season by now. The Mets have a lot of young pitching in particular, which makes the future for the team look very bright.
However, this does not mean every player on the current roster will still be around to see the Mets hopefully succeed a lot more in the coming years. Trades can always happen in the future, but it wouldn't be particularly easy to predict what kind of offseason trades could happen at this point.
So for now, here are five Mets who almost certainly will not return in 2015.
The Mets' $7.25 million gamble last offseason on Chris Young did not turn out well at all.
For the season, Young hit .205 with eight home runs, 28 RBI and a .630 OPS. He simply was not a dependable member of the Mets lineup, and it was no surprise that the Mets recently designated him for assignment, which likely ends his time with the team.
Thus, it is pretty much now safe to say that Young will not be on the Mets in 2015.
Another veteran outfielder the Mets designated for assignment this month was Bobby Abreu. For the season, Abreu hit .238 with one home run, 14 RBI and a .667 OPS.
Abreu, though, was recently re-signed by the team to a minor league contract, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, and he will probably get recalled in September once the rosters expand. Nonetheless, it's extremely unlikely he will be with the Mets in 2015.
One veteran pitcher who most likely will not pitch again in a Mets uniform is John Lannan, who was demoted in April. In five appearances, Lannan was 1-0 with a 15.75 ERA in 4.0 innings pitched.
Being that he was originally signed to a minor league contract, the likelihood of Lannan returning to the Mets in 2015 is slim to none.
Another pitcher who more than likely will not return to the Mets in 2015 is Buddy Carlyle.
Carlyle signed a minor league contract of his own during the offseason and then got promoted in July. He was later designated for assignment when Jon Niese came off the disabled list but then was recalled less than a week later when Daisuke Matsuzaka landed on the disabled list.
Carlyle has pitched very well out of the bullpen for the Mets this season. In 12 appearances, he is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched. He has allowed just one earned run all year.
Yet, despite these wonderful numbers, he is far from a sure bet to return in 2015. And being that he was signed on a minor league contract, that only increases the likelihood of him becoming a free agent again in the offseason.
Dana Eveland is yet another pitcher who most likely will not be a Met in 2015. Like Lannan and Carlyle, Eveland was signed to a minor league contract. He was promoted at the end of May and is 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 24 appearances and 23.0 innings pitched.
With all of the young pitching that the Mets have both on the major league roster and in the minor leagues, it's very unlikely they will try hard to keep Eveland around in 2015. If he were to sign back on another minor league contract, that could potentially work for the team, but a guaranteed major league contract is probably not something that the Mets would be willing to offer.