Mets Lose Verrett, Gain Gilmartin

During the Rule 5 Draft, the Mets lost potential back-end starter / middle reliever Logan Verrett to the Orioles, but picked up lefthanded pitcher Sean Gilmartin from the Twins organization.

Additionally, the Mets lost four AA players during the minor-league draft: right-hander Greg Peavey (Twins), catcher Cam Maron (Reds), infielder Juan Carlos Gamboa (Padres) and right-hander Randy Fontanez (Dodgers). I don’t know much about any of these four players — other than the fact that Maron is from Hicksville, Long Island, and Peavey put up good numbers last year as a 25-year-old in AA.

As for Verrett, the Mets were expecting to lose him, but they didn’t think he’d have much of a chance to make their ballclub in the spring, so were comfortable leaving him off the 40-man roster. There’s a decent chance he doesn’t stick with Baltimore and is returned before the end of the season.

Gilmartin turns 25 next May. Of his 80 professional games, he’s started 79, but the Mets view him as a potential bullpen piece, and not necessarily as a LOOGY. He was a first-round draft pick (28th overall) in 2011 and, as recently as 2012, was the Braves #4 prospect. However, he struggled with shoulder problems in 2013 and dropped to #10 in the Braves’ system before being dealt to the Twins for Ryan Doumit. Gilmartin is a finesse pitcher who lives in the bottom of the strike zone and relies on painting the corners. From what I’ve read about him, he sounds like Pat Misch — which could turn out to be a valuable asset for the Mets in 2015. Nice gamble, nothing much to lose here.

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  1. argonbunnies December 12, 2014 at 5:59 am
    Verrett pitches to contact; Camden Yards will not be kind to him. I assume he’ll be offered back to the Mets at some point, and I hope they take him back. We have too many wild guys and nibblers; a strike-thrower would be nice to watch for a change.

    Many great relievers come from the ranks of mediocre AAA starters. I like the Gilmartin move.

    I recall people liking Maron behind the plate; hopefully the Mets can find a good new leader for their AA hurlers. Peavey’s seemed promising at times. Do these guys have to stay at any particular level to avoid being offered back? I can’t remember how the minor league Rule 5 works.