Mets release Cesar Puello
In a somewhat surprising move, the Mets released OF Cesar Puello on Wednesday, the team announced.
Puello – who was out of options – had been on the 60-day disabled list all season with a stress fracture in his back. He had recently attended a rehab assignment, but was shutdown after experiencing more discomfort.
He originally cleared waivers and was originally outrighted off the 40-man roster at the conclusion of spring training to Triple-A Las Vegas. But because he injured his back in major league spring training, the Mets had to rescind that assignment, place him back on the 40-man roster and then put him on the 15-day disabled list.
The Mets clearly felt there was no reason to keep him in the organization going forward, especially since it’s not so late in the year.
He has talent, and for a while he was considered a good prospect in the organization. But he was involved in the biogenesis scandal two years ago, was subsequently suspended, and could not get himself on track in 2014. And of course he never played in 2015 thanks to his back injury.
He was always viewed as someone who had the makings of a big league player, but could never put it all together, according to people inside the organization. He’s still pretty young, so maybe he will get himself on the right track at some point.
Puello was on the 60-day disabled list, meaning the Mets did not clear a 40-man roster spot with this transaction.