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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
GM: 40 crunch impediment to Noah call-up

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Sandy Alderson suggested a 40-man roster crunch is the biggest impediment to Noah Syndergaard getting a September call-up.


Jeff Roberson/Associated PressSandy Alderson said a tight 40-man roster is working against a September call-up for Noah Syndergaard.


Still, a team insider insisted there had not been a definitive determination about whether Syndergaard would receive a promotion, despite reports he likely would be passed over. One reason against a call-up is not wanting to reward Syndergaard for a less-than-stellar season (4.85 ERA, 1.504 WHIP with Las Vegas).

The Mets currently are at 38 on the 40-man roster.

“There may be something to be gained from the kind of familiarity he may acquire during that month, just what goes on at the major league level -- maybe an occasional appearance, maybe just out of the bullpen,” Alderson said. “But there are countervailing considerations also. One of those is our roster situation. We don’t have 40-man roster spots readily available for everybody we potentially want to see in September.”

Syndergaard will need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason to shield him from the Rule 5 draft.