12/12/09 9:37 PM EST
Mets cut ties with four players at deadline
Reed, Sullivan, Redding, Broadway not tendered contracts
By Marty Noble / MLB.com
The announcement was made Saturday as the 11:59 p.m. ET deadline for tendering contracts approached. The decision reduced the number of players on the 40-man roster to 35 and made the four players, each eligible for salary arbitration, free agents who may re-sign with the Mets.
None of the moves came as a surprise, though non-tendering both outfielders cut the club's depth in the outfield. With Reed and Sullivan, both left-handed hitters gone, the club is likely to turn to Chris Carter, the left-handed-hitting outfielder acquired from the Red Sox in the Billy Wagner trade, and incumbent Angel Pagan, a switch-hitter.
Eliminating Reed was expected. Manager Jerry Manuel had little use for the veteran acquired from the Mariners last December in the three-club trade that included the Indians, Aaron Heilman and J.J. Putz. The manager demonstrated a clear preference for Sullivan, once the veteran was promoted to the big league team in July. The two combined to bat .246 with 24 RBIs, 15 extra-bases hits -- two of them home runs -- in 297 at-bats.
Broadway appeared in eight games and pitched 14 2/3 innings after his promotion from Triple-A on Aug. 29. Redding had an uneven season after signing as a free agent. It began late because of shoulder weakness that surfaced in February. His 3-6 record reflected three victories and five losses in 17 starts and one loss in 13 relief appearances. His ERA in 96 innings as a starter was 4.97. But his effective work in his last eight starts -- a 2-2 record and 2.98 ERA -- points out how poorly he performed in his first nine starts -- a 1-3 record and 6.99 ERA. The Mets lost 11 of his starts.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.