With their pitching staff under siege by injuries, the Mets worked the trade market for relief.
The Mets acquired Wilmer Font from the Rays on Monday for a player to be named later, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed.
With relievers Jeurys Familia (shoulder soreness), Luis Avilan (elbow soreness) and Justin Wilson (elbow soreness) all on the injured list, and starters Steven Matz (nerve irritation) and Jason Vargas (hamstring) potentially joining them there, Font will provide depth and versatility.
The 28-year-old righty had a 5.79 ERA in 10 appearances with the Rays this season — four of which were multi-inning outings — while striking out 18 and walking five.
The Arizona Fall League kicked off this past week, and after an incredible 2018 season, New York Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso picked up right where he left off.
After finishing the minor league season tied for the league lead with 36 home runs, Alonso added one more long ball to his resume with a first week two run home run.
In total for the week, he hit .500/.556/.750, and along with the home run he added a double, six runs scored, four RBI, two walks, and two stolen bases.
Unless, God forbid, he gets injured, don’t be surprised to see Alonso’s name on the Mets 2019 Opening Day lineup.
Exercising that $8.5 million option could turn out to be the best move Sandy Alderson made this past offseason. And yes, I know it’s still early, but with just about the entire team, except Cabrera, struggling offensively, for April anyway, the little 2nd baseman has carried the load.
I liked Dave Eiland’s quote the best: “The game starts in the first inning, not the fourth.”
The guy’s a lifetime .290 hitter with 300-plus home runs and just drove in 90 runs during his last full season all the way back in 2016. Sandy Alderson got him on the cheap this off-season and at 35 years old, he should already be plenty motivated to prove that he still has some baseball left in him. Then too, when it comes to defense, his own manager has said that Gonzalez has been ‘amazing’. In other words, 5 games into the season and people need to calm down about the Mets current outfield jam and give Gonzalez a couple of months to prove himself, before begging Callaway to move Jay Bruce to 1st base just so Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares can play more.