Sure, it’s part a temporary thing and part a creature of the (forced) versatility of the roster. But if you go to Mets.com and look at the 25-man roster, this is the breakdown:
SP – 4
RP – 8
INF – 8
OF – 3
I looked up the roster because I couldn’t believe it when I heard the announcers talk about Jacob Rhame as a bullpen option. In 42 games with the Mets, Rhame has a 6.65 ERA, including an 8.10 mark in three games earlier this year. Meanwhile, Wilmer Font had a 3.48 ERA in 12 games as a reliever for the Mets and was DFAd.
Without a doubt, Font had gopher ball issues. Welcome to baseball in 2019. It’s just hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that you’d rather call for Rhame than Font in any situation on the baseball diamond.