Um. Didn’t see this one coming.
Dominic Smith, the Mets only left handed bench bat has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. He has been replaced on the roster by glove first (only) shortstop, Adeiny Hechavarría.
Dominic Smith came into spring training this year as a forgotten man. He put himself back on the radar with an impressive spring and earned himself a spot on the opening day roster. He completely reinvented himself as a utility bench player and has been terrific in that role.
You have to hope this move doesn’t disrupt the team’s chemistry. Smith really carved out a role for himself in 2019.
You have to think the Mets have grown tired of Amed Rosario‘s defense.
The Mets seemingly were all in on Amed Rosario this year. They reportedly shutdown JT Realmuto trade talks when the Marlins mentioned Rosario. They sent down Luis Guillorme, which left Rosario as the only shortstop on the MLB roster.
The defense has been brutal though. I would consider myself one of Rosario’s biggest supporters. -9 defensive runs saved though? On May 3rd? Yikes.
So, again. I’m not totally disagreeing with the move here. The Mets need another shortstop.They just happened to call up the wrong one.
Luis Guillorme is the man for the job here.
This is a temporary move as Jed Lowrie will be here sooner than later. I just don’t know why Adeiny Hechavarría is receiving any amount of playing time on the major league roster.
In a season where we saw Jacob Rhame, Chris Flexen, Paul Sewald and Corey Oswalt pitch before the month of April was over, it’s hard to wrap your mind around giving Adeiny Hechavarría 3 million dollars.
While we’re here, I’ll pass along this bit of information without comment. Adeiny Hechavarria would receive a million dollar bonus for being on the roster for 150 days. There are 149 days left in the season…