The Los Angeles Angels have claimed Hansel Robles off waivers after he was designated for assignment by the Mets yesterday. The Angels then optioned him to their Triple-A affiliate the Salt Lake Bees. To make room on the 40-man roster for Robles, the Angels transferred another former Met, Rene Rivera, to the 60-day disabled list.
Robles had been in the Mets organization ever since he was signed as an non-drafted free agent in August of 2008. He made his major league debut in 2015, throwing one scoreless inning and striking out two in a 6-1 loss to the New York Yankees in the Bronx. Robles was very effective in his first two years in the big leagues, with an ERA hovering around 3.50 both years. However he has fallen on hard times these past two years, with a 4.95 ERA since the start of the 2016 season. That includes 11 earned runs in just 19.2 innings pitched this year.