The Mets cleared a spot for newly-acquired relief pitcher Addison Reed on the 40-man roster earlier today, and they have optioned fellow right-handed pitcher Logan Verrett to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear a spot for him on the active roster. In fourteen major league appearances this year, one of which was an excellent spot start for the Mets in Colorado, Verrett has a 3.06 ERA and 4.05 FIP.
Before the season, Verrett bounced around quite a bit. The Mets did not protect him in the Rule 5 draft last December, and the Orioles took him in it. They waived him near the end of spring training, and the Texas Rangers picked him up and used him briefly out of their bullpen. That experiment didn't go well, and Texas pulled the plug and ultimately returned him to the Mets once he cleared waivers.
Since coming back to the organization that he had been with his entire professional career before all of that craziness, Verrett has a 1.93 ERA and 3.59 in the big leagues for the Mets. He got the start in Colorado as a fill-in for Matt Harvey, who the Mets chose to skip on that turn through the rotation in an attempt to limit his innings this season.
Now that Verrett has been optioned, he must stay in the minors for ten days unless Las Vegas fails to make the playoffs and their season ends a couple days sooner, which seems unlikely. Recently-optioned players can also be brought back sooner if their major league club places someone else on the disabled list, but teams rarely place major league players on the DL after rosters expand on September 1.