It is a brand new era for fans of the New York Mets, as it was announced recently by Major League Baseball that Steve Cohen is the owner of the team. The franchise celebrated the arrival by making several roster moves that started on Friday.
The first moves for the Blue and Orange was to claim RHP Nick Tropeano off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and claimed RHP Jacob Barnes off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.
Tropeano, 30, went 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA (two earned runs/15.2 innings) with 19 strikeouts in seven games with the Pirates in 2020. During his six-year major league career, the 6-4, 205-pounder is 13-14 with a 4.29 ERA (111 earned runs/233.0 innings) and 212 strikeouts in 49 games, 39 starts with the Astros, Pirates and Angels. Tropeano graduated from West Islip High School and was drafted in the fifth-round in 2011 by Houston from Stony Brook.
Barnes, 30, was 0-2 with a 5.50 ERA (11 earned runs/18.0 innings) with 24 strikeouts in 18 games with the Angels in 2020. The 6-2, 230-pounder is 4-13 with a 4.36 ERA (96 earned runs/198.0 innings) with 209 strikeouts in 200 career games with the Brewers, Royals and Angels.
The moves for the Mets continued recently as the team extended a qualifying offer to RHP Marcus Stroman. In addition, RHP Dellin Betances and RHP Brad Brach informed the team that they each were exercising their 2021 player option.
Fans are encouraged to stay tuned as there will be a ton more moves made prior to the start of the 2021 season.
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