Adam Rubin reported yesterday that Daniel Herrera is most likely going to be given a spot in the bullpen for Opening Day. Tim Byrdak is recovering from knee surgery, but he’s expected only to miss a couple games. To this point in Spring Training, Herrera has thrown 6.1 innings, posting a 1.42 ERA with two walks and one strikeout. So when Byrdak comes back, the Mets are going to have to send Herrera back down to the minors. In order to do this they would have to expose him to waivers, and there’s a chance the Mets could lose him.
So as Herrera what do you make of this? Yes, you made the Opening Day roster but you’ll only be on the team for a couple days and then the team will release you in order to make room for Byrdak.
The team needs to decide who would be the most effective pitcher for that short time, but also isn’t that valuable to us in case we lose him.
As Garret Olson and Josh Edgin you’re probably disappointed you didn’t make the team, but at the same time the team doesn’t want to take a risk in losing you. They might see a future with these guys, which is more valuable than just a couple of games.
What I don’t understand is why the Mets need to risk losing Herrera when the reward is only three games. I know they would like him for the left-handed match-ups, but is there anyone else that could get them out so the Mets don’t have to risk losing a pitcher when Byrdak comes back?
Maybe they don’t see Herrera as a part of the team’s future, so it makes him expandable. I just find it weird that the Mets would release Herrera after just using him for a couple games. It’s has to be a strange feeling for him. He’s excited about making the team, but he could be jobless in a week.