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Mets make roster moves ahead of tonight’s game

After opting out, Yoenis Cespedes has been placed on the restricted list. Ali Sanchez has been recalled from the team’s alternate training site and Hunter Strickland has been outrighted.

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The Mets have made three roster moves ahead of tonight’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. Since Yoenis Cespedes has chosen to opt out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns, he has been placed on the restricted list. The Mets have recalled catcher Ali Sanchez from the team’s alternate training site. He will serve as the team’s third string catcher, behind Wilson Ramos and Tomas Nido and therefore will likely not see much playing time. While his numbers with the bat were not all that impressive in the minor leagues in 2019, Sanchez earned himself a spot on the Mets’ 40-man roster thanks to his upside and defensive skills.

The Mets have also outrighted righty reliever Hunter Strickland to the team’s alternate training site after he went unclaimed on waivers. The Mets signed Strickland as a free agent in late June and he made three appearances for the Mets in the young season, surrendering four runs—three of them earned—on six hits with two strikeouts in 2 13 collective innings of work. He remains a part of the team’s 60-man player pool and can rejoin the roster at a later date if called upon.