Back in August the Mets turned down a chance to trade Jason Isringhausen, pulling him off waivers when the reliever was claimed by an interested in team, but now Dan Martin of the New York Post reports that they’re unlikely to re-sign him anyway.
Isringhausen completed a successful comeback last season and provided the Mets with good value on a minor-league contract, throwing 47 innings with a 4.05 ERA and 44/24 K/BB ratio while also notching his 300th career save.
At age 39 and with his history of injuries securing a multi-year commitment or even a one-year deal for sizable guaranteed money was always going to be unlikely, but a source told Martin that “there probably isn’t a fit for him” in New York’s bullpen. However, the same source added that “he’s been talking to other teams and we think he’ll wind up elsewhere.”
He no longer has the raw stuff to thrive as a late-inning option and Isringhausen’s back injury flared up late in the season, but as a low-cost middle reliever he’d be a solid addition.
Houston made one unexpected change to the roster for the ALDS, leaving off veteran reliever Chad Qualls.
Qualls warmed up but never appeared in the Wild Card game win over the Yankees and during the regular season the 36-year-old right-hander logged 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 46/9 K/BB ratio. Qualls was on the Astros’ last playoff team in 2005.
Utility man Jonathan Villar has been bumped off the roster in favor of outfielder Preston Tucker, as the Astros opted for a good left-handed bat off the bench versus the Royals rather than Villar’s speed.
It’s been a tough season for the mythology of Jonny Gomes‘ veteran clubhouse savior reputation.
First he signed with the rebuilding Braves and performed poorly while Atlanta fell apart after a surprisingly decent start. Then he was traded to the Royals, for whom he played just 12 games and hit .167. And now Kansas City has left Gomes off the ALDS roster.
It makes sense, though. Gomes’ only real use to the Royals would be as a pinch-hitter versus left-handed pitching, but manager Ned Yost rarely pinch-hits and will no doubt be more willing to use 25th man Terrance Gore as a pinch-runner in the late innings.
Beyond that, not many surprises on the Royals’ roster for their series against the Astros. They went with 11 pitchers, which means both Chris Young and Kris Medlen are on the roster. Jeremy Guthrie is not.