New York Mets Release 6 Players

According to a report by's Anthony DiComo, the New York Mets have made a series of roster moves, placing several players on outright waivers in an effort to free up space on their 40-man roster.

  1. Rafael Ortega: The Mets have placed outfielder Rafael Ortega on outright waivers.

  2. Despite some supporters, the 32-year-old's performance didn't justify keeping him on the roster. Ortega posted a batting line of .219/.341/.272 with just one home run in 136 plate appearances for the Mets.

  3. Jonathan Araúz: Infielder Jonathan Araúz, who had a challenging season in 2023, playing in 27 games and struggling with a .136 batting average, a .203 on-base percentage, and a .288 slugging percentage across 66 plate appearances, has also been placed on waivers.

  4. Danny Mendick: Infielder Danny Mendick, who had difficulties at the plate with a .185/.232/.277 slash line, is another player on outright waivers. His struggles likely contributed to the decision.

  5. Michael Pérez: Catcher Michael Pérez, who spent the majority of the 2023 season in Triple-A with a .204 batting average, .309 on-base percentage, and .352 slugging percentage over 270 plate appearances, has been placed on waivers as well.

  6. Anthony Kay: Left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay, who had a tough season with a 6.14 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 14.2 innings split between the Cubs and Mets, is part of this roster adjustment.

  7. Vinny Nittoli: Right-handed pitcher Vinny Nittoli, who had a brief stint in the major leagues and posted a 4.64 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 42.2 innings in Triple-A, rounds out the list of players placed on waivers.

If these players go unclaimed during the waiver process, they will have the option to become free agents, potentially exploring opportunities with other teams.

The Mets appear to be making these moves to create space on their 40-man roster and make room for other roster adjustments. Photo Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports