Anthony Recker, Vic Black, Eric Young Jr. and Wilfredo Tovar become free agents
The Mets have removed C Anthony Recker, RHP Vic Black, OF Eric Young Jr. and Wilfredo Tovar from the 40-man roster.
These players were originally outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday, but had the right to declare free agency on Friday. They both exercised those rights, the team announced on Friday.
Recker, 32, hit .125 with two homers and five RBIs in 80 at-bats in the major leagues in 2015. He was left off the postseason roster for Kevin Plawecki this past October.
Black, 27, was originally a big part of the Mets bullpen plans in 2015, but due to a neck injury in spring training he could not get his season on-track. He struggled upon being optioned to the minor leagues, going 1-4 with a 7.09 ERA in 31 appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He did not pitch for the Mets in 2015.
Tovar, 24, hit .283 with three home runs and 42 RBIs for Triple-A Las Vegas this past season. He didn’t play after August 16 after sustaining a shoulder injury, but was promoted to the big leagues in September and was placed on the 60-day disabled list soon thereafter.
Young, 30, was reacquired by the Mets in an August trade with the Braves. He appeared in just 18 games for the Mets and had only nine plate appearances.
The Mets 40-man roster now stands at 38.