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Mets designate Chasen Bradford for assignment

Bradford clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Adrian Gonzalez

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The Mets officially announced the signing of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez yesterday, and they subsequently designated reliever Chasen Bradford for assignment to give Gonzalez a spot on the 40-man roster.

Bradford, a right-handed reliever, was selected by the Mets in the 35th round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He spent the majority of last season with the Las Vegas 51s. In 35.2 innings with the 51s, he had a decent 4.04 ERA and 3.83 FIP. with 28 strikeouts. After the Mets dealt Addison Reed to the Boston Red Sox, Bradford was promoted to the big leagues. In 28 games with the Mets, he posted a 3.74 ERA and a 3.87 FIP with 27 strikeouts.

Since the Mets decided to designate Bradford, he could potentially be claimed by another team who is looking for another right-handed relief pitcher. If Bradford clears waivers, he’ll likely be sent back to the 51s and be an option if the Mets have a need for a reliever once the season gets underway.