Vic Black demoted, bullpen in flux

Posted: March 26, 2014 in News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inman

Photo by NY Post

Photo by NY Post

The New York Mets just announced in a surprise move that RHP Vic Black has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Black came into the spring as Terry Collins’ top choice to be the 8th inning guy. Black had a terrible spring training but looked to be safe based on his body of work last September. I talked last week about how the Mets didn’t really have a backup plan to Black here.

The bullpen is now in flux. I don’t believe they would have made this move if it wasn’t for the impressive spring by Jeurys Familia. He is really the only guy in this bullpen with any sort of upside to become the bridge to Bobby Parnell. The Mets will ease him in to that role however and I would bet on Jose Valverde being the 8th inning guy. Familia has consistently hit 100 mph with his fastball and is finally throwing strikes consistently.

That last spot in the bullpen is now wide open with just five days before Opening Day. Gonzalez Germen who did some nice work for the Mets last year is probably the front runner but he hasn’t had a great spring himself.

This bullpen could bring the Mets big trouble.

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