Reliever Joins 4th MLB Team In 3 Months; Signs With Mets

With plenty of pitching injuries to deal with, the New York Mets were looking to add a little depth to the ranks, and they've done that with a waiver claim from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Right-hander Edwin Uceta was claimed and optioned directly to Triple-A. This is his 4th team in the last three months. 

The 25-year-old was waived by the Arizona Diamondbacks in January. Since then, he’s been claimed by the Detroit Tigers, who in turn placed him on waivers; the Pirates stepped in to claim him just last week, and now the Mets have done the same after Pittsburgh waived him. 

The Dominican has appeared in 24 major league games, first with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021 and last season with the Diamondbacks. He hasn't yet found his groove in the big leagues, however, pitching to a 6.27 ERA. He's recorded 9.2 strikeouts per nine, over his 37.1 innings. 

His strikeout rate has been huge in the minors, registered over 12 Ks per nine over the past couple of seasons. And therein lies his appeal.

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