The Mets have despatched reliever Stephen Ridings outright to Triple-A Syracuse, in accordance with the transactions log at MLB.com. Since New York hadn’t beforehand introduced he was on waivers, the transfer creates a emptiness on the 40-man roster. The rely drops to 39.
Ridings joined the group on a waiver declare from the Yankees final November. A lat pressure saved him on the injured listing although mid-June. New York promptly optioned him to Triple-A upon reinstating him from the IL and he has but to make a giant league look as a Met.
The 6’8″ righty has made seven appearances with Syracuse, permitting six runs with six strikeouts and walks apiece over 6 1/3 innings. There’s some comprehensible indicators of rust after the 27-year-old missed nearly your entire 2022 marketing campaign with a shoulder situation. Ridings’ sole MLB expertise consists of 5 innings of two-run ball for the Yankees two seasons again.
That is the primary time in Ridings’ profession wherein he has cleared waivers. He additionally has lower than three years of MLB service, so he received’t have the power to check free company. Ridings will stick within the group as a non-roster participant and attempt to pitch his method again into the MLB combine. If he’s not added again to the 40-man roster by season’s finish, he’ll qualify for minor league free company to start out the offseason.
The transaction log additionally signifies that veteran southpaw T.J. McFarland cleared outright waivers. Not like Ridings, McFarland had been designated for task earlier than he was positioned on waivers, so he was already off the 40-man roster. He made simply three MLB appearances with New York however has had a robust season in Syracuse, working to a 2.76 ERA with a 25.9% strikeout price within the minors.
McFarland has greater than sufficient service time to say no an outright task whereas retaining what stays of this 12 months’s wage. It isn’t clear if he’ll head again to free company or return to Syracuse and hope for one more alternative in Queens.