Mets planning for September call ups, not including Josh Smoker

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The Mets have begun to plan for roster expansion on September 1. Typically, contending clubs call up players they believe can help them in a pennant race, which limits the number of call ups more often than not.

As such, Sandy Alderson said on Wednesday night among those they’re likely to initially promote include Kevin Plawecki, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Erik Goeddel.

In addition, the Mets presumably will promote Dario Alvarez, and Eric Young Jr., as well as Eric Campbell and maybe Bobby Parnell, who is on the 15-day disabled list with what the team describes as shoulder tendinitis.

Alderson said it was unlikely the Mets would call-up Josh Smoker from Double-A Binghamton.

There are a few of reasons why the Mets might pass on Smoker.

First off, he’s not on the 40-man roster, and the Mets have enough problems forthcoming with 40-man roster real estate between now and the Rule 5 draft.

Second, he’s at Double-A, and while he’s dominated the Eastern League this season, and it’s not clear how that might translate not only at the big league level, but in a big league pennant race.

Lastly, while he’s handled left-handed hitters in relief with the B-Mets, he has reverse splits this season, which doesn’t provide an effective solution for them as a lefty specialist.

For now, it doesn’t seem like Dillon Gee or Vic Black is in the mix for a promotion initially.

Gee doesn’t really have a place on the roster right now, but if the Mets manage to clinch in advance of game 162, it may make some sense to bring Gee up and have him start over one of the young starters.

As for Black, his walks have been a problem all year at Triple-A, and Terry Collins has said repeatedly the club wants to see more consistency with him before bringing him up.

That doesn’t mean Black won’t be here at some point – he’s throwing hard in Las Vegas now, and he’s shown glimpses of what the team needs to see from him to warrant a promotion.


Initially thought I’d be happy to run through this article because Mets are winning and everything looks/sounds great, but then somewhere between these lines my head started to hurt.


Why not Scott Rice? There are several players on 40-man that are dead weight — Muno, Ceciliani, Tovar. Lefty relief is their major issue right now. Less so for post-season where it will presumably be Matz.


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