Cubs claim Jack Leathersich off of waivers from the Mets
The Mets have begun to clear space on their 40-man roster ahead of Friday’s deadline to protect minor leaguers from the Rule 5 draft.
And this one comes as a bit of a surprise.
The Cubs announced they claimed LHP Jack Leathersich off of waivers from the Mets.
The 40-man roster now stands at 35.
Leathersich, 25, appeared in 17 games for the Mets in 2015, posting a 2.31 ERA in 11 2/3 innings while allowing 12 hits, three runs seven walks and 14 strikeouts.
Command was always Leathersich’s challenge at every level he pitched in. But he’s got a tight, deceptive delivery from the left side and when he’s throwing strikes, he’s incredibly difficult to hit, evident by the consistently high strikeout totals through his professional career.
He underwent Tommy John Surgery over the summer after throwing 57 pitches in a two inning stint for Triple-A Las Vegas against the Sacramento River Cats.
Leathersich won’t be available until August or September, so the Mets clearly didn’t want to afford him a 40-man roster spot when that real estate is becoming more and more of a premium.
However, the Mets don’t exactly have a lot of left-handed relief options available to them, and having a guy like Leathersich down the stretch of the 2016 season could be valuable as someone who could be a deceptive, cross-over reliever.
Now that option won’t exist for them, and they’ll have to look elsewhere.