The Mets have made a roster move after today’s loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates, releasing reliever Jose Valverde and promoting Vic Black to take his roster spot.
We’ve released Jose Valverde. — New York Mets (@Mets) May 26, 2014
RHP Vic Black has been recalled from Las Vegas. — New York Mets (@Mets) May 26, 2014
Valverde, a 36 year old veteran of 12 Major League seasons, was brought in during the offseason as a low cost bullpen reclamation project, one which has not gone as GM Sandy Alderson would have planned. ‘Papa Grande’ has notched two saves this year for the Mets.
This year as a member of a embattled Mets ‘pen, Valverde has posted a 4.05 ERA and a 1.450 WHIP, both are well above the career average for the three time all star and two time Rolaids Reliever of the Year (once in the AL and once in the NL).
Replacing him will be right hander Vic Black. Black has appeared in 18 games in his MLB career (15 for the Mets), all in 2013. The 26 year old posted a 3.71 ERA and a 1.353 WHIP in 17 innings between the Mets and Pirates.
Black was acquired from the Pirates in a trade that sent Marlon Byrd to Pittsburgh late last season.