The Mets are adding left-handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley to their roster today, making him available as the 27th man for both games of today’s doubleheader with the Phillies. Tarpley, who the Mets claimed off of waivers from Miami on January 8th, has been at the team’s alternate site since the regular season began.
Tarply was drafted by the Orioles in 2013, making his big league debut in 2018 with the Yankees. Our own Vasilis Drimalitis described Tarpley’s 2018 thusly in his season preview:
Stephen Tarpley is no stranger to New York, having broken through in 2018 with the crosstown Yankees. The left-hander was solid in his brief stint that year, allowing three earned runs over nine innings pitched and finishing with a 0.2 bWAR after ten appearances. He earned a spot on the team’s postseason roster, where he gave up three earned runs in his lone inning of work in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Red Sox.
After a shaky start to his 2019 season, Tarpley was traded to the Marlins for infielder James Nelson. While he has never replicated the success of his 2018 with the Yankees, where he struck out 13 batters in nine innings, Tarpley will likely get a chance to impress Mets’ brass as a second lefty out of the pen at some point this year, even if this appearance likely won’t lead to a sustained spot on the 26 man roster just yet.