With the New York Mets' season becoming more and more dreary as the days go by, the team made a few roster moves right before the waiver wire trade deadline. A trade and a few call ups will give the Mets a chance to see some young guys play the remainder of the year.
Since the return of Carlos Beltran, Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur has been unhappy. Unhappy with being sent to the bench. He wore out his welcome in New York. Always a fairly class act, Francoeur just did not produce this season; one of many Mets player you can say that about.
The right fielder has been traded to the Texas Rangers for infielder Joaquin Arias. The Mets may end up with the better of the deal. Arias is a young player that many believe has great upside. For some reason he was unable to put it all together this season in Texas. He will likely get a chance to play a bit here in New York.
The Mets have recalled pitcher Jenrry Mejia from Triple-A. The team has not announced yet if the 20-year-old will start on Saturday or be used out of the bullpen. In his last start for Triple-A Buffalo, Mejia looked strong, going eight innings with nine strike outs, allowing just one run. He took a perfect game into the sixth inning.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel will likely make a decision on Mejia after the pitcher goes through a bullpen session today with pitching coach Dan Warthen.
The Mets have also called Lucas Duda from Triple-A. The power hitting 24-year-old outfielder will get some of the playing time now available with the trade of Francoeur.
I wonder why Duda was not given a chance sooner. In 70 games for Triple-A Buffalo, Duda hit .314 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI’s.
Mets fans should keep tuning in to SNY and watching the games. From here on out, you will get a chance to see some of your young players. Maybe, you'll get a glimpse of what next years team could look like. On second thought, maybe you won’t want to do that.
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