The Mets were busy in the final moments of the trade deadline, landing Toms River native and former Met Todd Frazier along with catcher Robinson Chirinos in separate trades with the Rangers before acquiring reliever Miguel Castro from the Orioles.
While the three new additions were not available last night, they were activated ahead of today’s afternoon series finale in Baltimore. To make room on the roster for them, the club optioned catcher Ali Sanchez along with reliever Franklyn Kilome and yesterday’s starter Ariel Jurado to the alternate site.
Frazier, on his first day back, has been inserted into the starting lineup and is batting cleanup with a lefty on the mound. In two seasons with New York, Frazier slashed .233/.316/.418 with a 100 wRC+ in 248 games. He will be playing third base. Meanwhile, Castro will presumably be available in the bullpen if needed today. Castro owns a 4.30 ERA, a 4.94 FIP, and a 1.41 WHIP with a 2.8 bWAR in his six-year career. Chirinos is not starting, but will be the primary backup to Wilson Ramos today with Sanchez now off the roster and Tomas Nido still recovering and on the injured list.
The team optioned the two pitchers who were primarily responsible for yesterday’s 9-5 defeat. Jurado, whom the team acquired in an August trade with Texas, lasted just four innings in his first appearance with the Mets and allowed five earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and zero walks. Franklyn Kilome didn’t fare much better in his third outing of the season, giving up four earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk in three innings of work. Sanchez started last night and drew his first walk of the season, but has otherwise managed just one hits in nine at-bats.