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Mets promote Chasen Bradford to the majors

Everyone’s favorite 25th man is back at baseball’s highest level.

MLB: New York Mets at San Francisco Giants Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports

When the Mets announced the trade of relief pitcher Addison Reed and the promotion of shortstop Amed Rosario on Monday, they changed the balance of their roster, creating a five-man bench and a seven-man bullpen. However, the roster appears to be switching back to the previous alignment with Las Vegas 51s writer Betsy Helfand reporting that Chasen Bradford is heading back to the big leagues.

The 27-year-old right-hander has had a rough go of it with the Mets in his debut campaign. In six innings with the team, he’s given up five runs, nine hits, and three walks with six strikeouts, but Bradford has held his own in the Pacific Coast League. In 35.2 frames with Las Vegas, he has overcome a .361 BABIP to post a 4.04 ERA. It certainly helps that Bradford excels at keeping the ball on the ground and limiting walks, two skills that could make him useful to New York’s bullpen down the road.

In exchange for Bradford, the Mets have sent Matt Reynolds to Triple-A. With Rosario coming to the majors, New York already has a glut on the infield with Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, and Wilmer Flores looking for playing time. Reynolds has options remaining and might be better served working on his game out west.