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Tommy Milone outrighted off Mets 40-man roster, elects free agency

Ah yes, Tommy Milone pitched for the Mets this year.

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The Mets continued their roster purge today, announcing that veteran left handed pitcher Tommy Milone was the latest player to clear waivers and be outrighted off of the 40-man roster. The 30-year old Milone was claimed off of waivers from the Brewers in early May while the Mets were struggling to scrounge up starting pitching depth after injuries to Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo. Milone will not return in 2018, as he has elected to become a free agent.

If you forgot that Tommy Milone was on the Mets this year and actually appeared in 11 games, you’re probably more well-adjusted than most of us. If you had no idea he was on the Mets, you’re one of the lucky ones. The soft-tossing lefty completed 27.1 innings for the Mets and was spectacularly awful in most of them, throwing up an 8.56 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. Milone also spent a large chunk of the season on the disabled list as he dealt with a knee injury in late May that kept him off the mound until August.

A former 10th round draft pick of the Nationals in 2008, Milone pitched for Washington, Oakland, and Minnesota before splitting this year between the Brewers and Mets. He was a part of the package the Nationals traded to Oakland when they acquired lefty Gio Gonzalez prior to the 2012 season. After making $1.25 million this season, Milone would’ve been eligible for his final season of arbitration this winter had the Mets kept him on the roster.