Needing two 40-man roster spots to clear room for the additions of Chris Young and Scott Hairston, the Mets have decided to designate for assignment right-hander Tobi Stoner and outfielder Jason Pridie.
If the players aren't traded -- which is not a likely scenario -- they would be placed on waivers, where they can be claimed by any team.
Pridie, if he clears, can refuse the assignment to the minors and elect for free agency because he previously has been outrighted off a 40-man roster. Stoner, if he clears, would need to report to Triple-A Buffalo, and likely would be in big league camp as a non-roster invitee -- the path of Ryota Igarashi.
The 27-year-old Pridie, originally a waiver claim from Minnesota, had a hamstring injury-plagued 2010 season that limited him to 40 games at Triple-A Buffalo. He has appeared in 11 major league games with the Twins. Pridie was doomed by the additions of Hairston on a major league deal and fellow outfielder Willie Harris on a minor league deal.
Stoner, 26, went 6-10 with a 5.97 ERA in 23 appearances (22 starts) with Buffalo last season. He has appeared in five major league games with the Mets over the past two seasons, all in relief, and went 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA.
The Mets chose to leave Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez on the 40-man roster, as promised, and bring them to spring training.