Dario Alvarez to rejoin the Mets on Friday
The Mets have had an ongoing need to find a solution for the left side of their bullpen all year long.
They have attempted to use Sean Gilmartin, Jack Leathersich, Alex Torres as their left-handed specialists in the absence of both Josh Edgin and Jerry Blevins for the entire season. They’ve also been evaluating Eric O’Flaherty after acquiring him from the A’s in early August, but no reliable solution has emerged.
But the Mets have one option in their minor league system in Dario Alvarez, who has held left-handed hitters to a .167 average in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League in 2015.
He was recalled during the club’s series against the Rockies in Denver, but was optioned back to Las Vegas without making an appearance after the Mets decided to keep Logan Verrett on the roster after his brilliant start against the Rockies in their series finale. But Verrett was subsequently optioned back to Las Vegas to continue working as a starting pitcher.
But Alvarez has now spent the required ten days in the minor leagues following the optional assignment, meaning he is eligible to and will rejoin the team on Friday.
The Mets have to find a solution to their problems on the left side of the bullpen as soon as possible, and given Alvarez’s track record in the minor leagues, he’s as good a possibility as anyone they have in the organization right now.
Original post, 7:45 am, updated 5:05 pm