Josh Smoker, the 26-year-old left-hander from Double-A Binghamton, and former first-round draft of by the Washington Nationals, was added to the 40-man roster by the Mets on Thursday to protect him from being taken in the Rule 5 draft. Smoker pitched in Class A Savannah, High-A St. Lucie, and Double-A Binghamton this year, and had an aggregate 3.12 ERA and 11.0 K/9 ratio in 49 innings.
Amazin' Avenue's Jeffrey Paternostro, who saw Smoker, shared his notes:
He also addressed the risk that comes with Smoker, as well as how soon we may get to see the lefty fireballer:
Among other areas, the Mets will look to improve their bullpen for 2016. They'll be exploring options on the free agent market and in other teams' systems, but maybe part of the solution will come from within the organization.