The New York Mets released veteran Adrian Gonzalez after last night’s 2-0 victory over the Yankees. They will call up Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas before Tuesday’s game in Atlanta.
Gonzalez, 36, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts last night and ends his Mets tenure with a batting line of .237/.299/.373 and only six homers in 54 games. The five-time All-Star did not cost the Mets much — he was being paid the minimum this season — but he simply wasn’t getting the job done and it made no sense for the Mets to keep running him out there.
Smith, 22, is hitting was batting .260/.343/.370 with two homers and 25 RBI at Las Vegas. That’s not world-beating — and he struggled in his time in New York last year — but the Mets’ first round draft pick in 2013 at least has upside and, with the Mets apparently not going anyplace this year, it’s time to see what he can do with an everyday job. At least if they don’t stick Jay Bruce at first base and move their outfield parts around once Yoenis Cespedes comes back.
In another move, the Mets designated catcher Jose Lobaton for assignment and called up utilityman Ty Kelly from Triple-A as well.
New York’s win over the Yankees last night was a nice little pick-me-up after a terrible skid. The’ll now be hoping that the roster shakeup will provide a nice little reboot before a ten-game road trip.
Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.
According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.
Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.