With the regular season just six days away, the Mets’ Opening Day roster continues to take shape. Earlier this morning, the team announced that they have reassigned right-handed reliever Hansel Robles and catcher Tomas Nido to minor league camp, which leaves 32 players competing for a chance to make the team.
Hansel Robles was in the running to make the team out of spring training, but he did not impress during Grapefruit League action. The 27-year-old posted a 9.26 ERA in eight spring games, including five home runs allowed, while earning one win and one save. Robles, who debuted for the Mets in 2015, enjoyed two solid seasons before struggling mightily in 2017, which led to a May demotion to Las Vegas. The move potentially opens the door for Jacob Rhame, acquired last season as part of the Curtis Granderson trade, to make the final cut.
Tomas Nido, the Mets’ 8th round pick in 2012, was solid in limited spring training action. The 25-year-old catcher hit .300, including two hits in yesterday’s 12-5 win against the Washington Nationals, and posted an .864 OPS in 20 at-bats. Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki are expected to share the catching duties in 2018.
Going into the final weekend of spring training, the team still has some decision to make regarding the back-end of the Mets’ rotation and whether the team will carry four or five bench players to start the season.