The Mets ask Nick Tropeano for exemptions from the giants
The Mets have announced they have claimed the right-hander Nick Tropéano excluding exemptions from the Giants. He was chosen for Triple-A Syracuse. Relief Tommy Hunter was moved from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list to open up a 40-man list space. The Giants nominated Tropeano for assignment last week.
This is the second time in nine months that the Mets have snatched Tropeano from waivers. New York claimed it from the Pirates after the end of last season. In the end, they decided not to wear it during the winter, failing to hand it over to tender a little over a month later. Tropeano then signed a minor league deal with the Giants and was selected to the major league roster on May 21.
The 30-year-old has played four games for San Francisco, pitching six innings of relief. He’s only allowed one earned run in that span, but Tropeano also managed just two strikeouts. While he hasn’t hit a lot of hitters in his limited San Francisco job, he showed some missing ability with Pittsburgh last season. Tropeano struck out 28.8% of opposing batters at bat in 15 2/3 innings with the Pirates, allowing just two runs in that span. It generated swings and misses on 14.9% of its offerings in 2020, and that ability to run out of bats and this recent round of strong race prejudices is clearly attracting the Mets front office.
While Tropeano has only worked in relief at the major league level for the past two seasons, he could serve as a rotation or pen depth for New York. He was a decent arm behind the rotation for the Astros and Angels earlier in his career, and he had started his three appearances for Giants affiliate Triple-A this season (but never worked in the sixth inning).
By claiming Tropeano, the Mets assume the balance of his $ 1.1 million contract. He remains in the squad’s control through arbitration until 2022, so he could be a multi-year play for New York if he performs well enough for the club to offer him a contract. Tropeano is in his final minor league option year, so he can commute between Queens and Syracuse for the remainder of the season if he sticks to the 40-man roster.
Hunter was placed on IL on May 19 with the rather nebulous diagnosis of low back pain. It’s unclear exactly when the team expects him to return this season, but he will now be out of action until at least the end of July. He played four scoreless matches in 2021.