The Mets have made another move on Tuesday addressing bullpen depth. After recalling Gerson Bautista from Double-A Binghamton and sending Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas, Scott Copeland has been signed to a minor league contract and will report to extended spring training, according to Jacob Resnick.
Copeland, a career minor leaguer, appeared in five games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, his lone season in the majors, making three starts with a 6.46 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 3.59 FIP, and six strikeouts in 15.1 innings. Last season with Triple-A New Orleans, Copeland made 26 starts with a 4.97 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 118 strikeouts in 137.2 innings.
Across eight minor league seasons, Copeland has amassed a 4.15 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and 647 strikeouts in 960 innings pitched, primarily as a starter. A 21st-round pick in 2010 by the Baltimore Orioles, Copeland will be pitching for his fourth organization after spending the last three seasons pitching for the Blue Jays’ and Miami Marlins’ Triple-A squads, with stints in the KBO and Dominican Winter League as well.
The Mets all of a sudden have fallen victim to poor bullpen performance with Monday’s ugly loss to the Nationals. While signing Copeland won’t provide an immediate solution to this problem, it gives the Mets some extra bullpen depth in the minors to allow the recalling of reinforcements if needed, such as Chris Flexen, Corey Oswalt, and Jacob Rhame.