Monday, March 10, 2014
Edgin, Tovar among first big-league cuts
By Adam Rubin
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin was the most notable name dispatched to minor-league camp in the first round of cuts.
Edgin, who made 34 relief appearances for the Mets last season, was registering only in the upper-80s with his fastball.
That signals, barring an outside acquisition, that the Mets may only carry one southpaw in the bullpen to start the season, with Scott Rice. The alternative would be to use John Lannan in relief, which has been a consideration. Jack Leathersich also remains in camp, but likely is ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas to open the season.
Infielder Wilfredo Tovar also was sent to minor-league camp.
The others dispatched: left-handers Steven Matz and Adam Kolarek, right-handers Erik Goeddel, Logan Verrett and Chasen Bradford, catcher Kevin Plawecki, infielder Danny Muno, infielder/outfielder Dustin Lawley, and outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Cory Vaughn.
Matz, from Long Island and the team's top pick in 2009, received rave reviews from scouts. He tossed two scoreless innings in Grapefruit League play. Matz should open the season with Class A St. Lucie.
Asked about the most positive thing about his camp experience, Matz said: "I got to face Yadier Molina and some big leaguers. I would say just going out and competing against some big leaguers and holding my own."
Goeddel, a starter for much of his minor-league career, will revert to the relief role that he also held while in college at UCLA.
The Mets now have 52 players in camp.