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Mets claim Stephen Tarpley off waivers from Marlins

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Tarpley’s major league numbers thus far have been bad.

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The Mets have claimed 27-year-old left-handed relief pitcher Stephen Tarpley off waivers from the Marlins. In a limited sample of 44.2 innings at the major league level, Tarpley has a 6.65 ERA and 5.21 FIP over the past three seasons.

Having spent time in the minor league systems of the Orioles and Pirates as a starting pitcher, Tarpley joined the Yankees as a player to be named later in the trade that sent Ivan Nova to the Pirates in 2016. The Yankees used Tarpley almost exclusively in relief in his time in their system, and he made his major league debut with them in 2018. In total, he made thirty relief appearances and one start for the Yankees between 2018 and 2019 before they traded him to the Marlins early in 2020.

The Mets don’t have much in the way of left-handed relief pitching depth at the moment, but it’s hard to see Tarpley—whose fastball averaged 92.52 miles per hour in 2019 and 91.95 miles per hour in 2020—giving them much of a boost in that department.