The Mets have undoubtedly made some strong acquisitions this off-season by acquiring the likes of Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, and a familiar face in Juerys Familia. While the Mets and BVW have been making a splash, the GM understands that every move can’t be an all star or MVP candidate. A lot of the time, teams need to sign depth pieces in order to fill out the needs of the entire organization, from top to bottom.
Pitcher Arquimedis Caminero and outfielder Rhymer Liriano both signed Minor League deals as potential depth pieces in AAA.
Caminero has pitched the last two season in Japan on the Yomiuri Giants where he was a closer for the Japanese Central League accumulating 40 saves and a 3.18 ERA over the last two years.
Even though Caminero is coming off of surgery on his right elbow, BVW and the Mets do expect him to battle for a bullpen spot come Spring Training. However, I just don’t see him earning a spot under these circumstances.
Liriano, a former top outfield prospect, currently owns a .220 career batting average in 59 games for both the Padres and the WhiteSox. Last year in AAA, Liriano stole 11 bases and hit 20 home runs. He’s expected to battle veterans Rajai Davis and Gregor Blanco for a spot on the bench.
Even though BVW says that these two will battle for spots on the 25 man roster, I don’t see them breaking camp and if they do happen to get called up at some point of the season, it’ll be due to having to be an emergency fill in. Otherwise, they’re Minor League depth.