Figueroa, Carter among Mets' six cuts
Moves may mean Mejia has earned spot in bullpen
ST. PETERSBURG -- Six players were cut by the Mets following Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.
The players cut were infielder Russ Adams, right-handers Nelson Figueroa, Kiko Calero, Bobby Parnell and Elmer Dessens and outfielder Chris Carter.
After the cuts, the Mets have 26 healthy players left in camp, and they need to get down to 25 by Sunday's 3 p.m. ET deadline. According to general manager Omar Minaya, the final spot will be announced after the team's final Grapefruit League game against the Orioles on Saturday in Sarasota, Fla.
The latest moves indicate that Sean Green and 20-year-old right-hander Jenrry Mejia, who has impressed many with his cutter, may have locked down the final spots in the bullpen.
Carter came to the Mets, along with first baseman Eddie Lora, in October as the players to be named in the Billy Wagner deal with the Red Sox. He had a strong spring, hitting .393 with four home runs and nine RBis, but he had options that allowed him to be sent to Triple-A Buffalo. By sending down Carter, the Mets will be able to keep veteran Frank Catalanotto, who signed a Minor League contract with the team on Jan. 30.
Figueroa posted a 2-0 mark with a 4.61 ERA in five spring outings; if he goes unclaimed off waivers, he can opt out.
Parnell's 68 appearances in 2009 were the most by a Mets rookie pitcher, and he finished second on the team and sixth among Major League rookies in holds with 16.
Adams, Calero, Dessens and Parnell are all earmarked for Buffalo.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.