With their moves at the trade deadline, the Mets have three transactions to make today. The easiest one will be adding Robinson Chirinos and optioning Ali Sanchez. That still leaves opening up spots for Miguel Castro and Todd Frazier. The Mets have already optioned Franklyn Kilome a couple of times after he had a multi-inning relief appearance and he went three innings and threw 46 pitches last night. That brings us to Frazier.
The roster at Mets.com already lists seven infielders but that’s a little misleading, as both Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith have seen time in the outfield. Still, speculation is that one of Andres Gimenez and Luis Guillorme will be optioned to make room for Frazier.
Gimenez has cooled after his hot start but he still brings an element of speed that’s at least as rare as the righty bat that Frazier adds to the dugout. And while the hits are falling in at an incredible rate — .533 BABIP!! — for Guillorme, it would be disgraceful to send out a guy with a .976 OPS for Frazier, who had a .734 mark in his two seasons with the Mets and who currently sits with a .702 OPS in 2020.
Ariel Jurado didn’t do anything to deserve another start. Besides, with the injured starters back now, it’s more than likely that Robert Gsellman will move back to the pen. Jurado should be the other player to be optioned. If the Mets insist on keeping 14 pitchers and carrying either Kilome or Jurado, they should cut Billy Hamilton. With Jake Marisnick back now, there’s little need for two defense-first center fielders on the roster.