As expected, the Mets have officially called up shortstop Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Las Vegas, per the team’s official Twitter account. Waiting until today delayed Tejada’s service time enough to push back his first year eligible for free agency back another season. While it looks pretty obvious that the Mets don’t view Ruben to be part of the future in Flushing, I suppose it never hurts to gain a year of control by waiting an extra day or two.
Before heading to the disabled list and then being sent to the minors, Tejada was hitting .209/.267/.262 in 187 big league at-bats. With the 51s, he hit .288/.337/.379 in 240 at-bats.
The Mets announced that they have called up outfielder Mike Baxter, starting pitcher Aaron Harang, and catcher Juan Centeno, following Sunday’s 2-1 win against the Indians. All three had been assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas before they were eliminated from the postseason play on Saturday night.
All three will be on hand for the start of a four game series against the Washington Nationals, tonight at Citi Field.
Baxter, has seen some time this season with the Mets and has a .208/.325/.277 in 120 plate appearances with the big league team.
Harang, signed a minor league deal with the Mets last week after he was released by the Seattle Mariners. In 22 starts, the 35-year-old posted a 5.76 ERA. He’s expected to make one or two September starts for the Mets.
Centeno, 23, is a highly regarded defensive catcher who batted .305 with a .345 on-base with Las Vegas.
Thoughts from Matt M.:
Out of this second wave of September call-ups, I’m happy to see Juan Centeno make it to the big leagues for the first time. He stepped in admirably for Las Vegas when Travis d’Arnaud went down just a couple weeks into the season. Him and Francisco Pena (who I’m assuming was also being considered) formed a solid catching duo for a team that made the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Congrats to Baxter and Harang for making it back to the Show, and to Centeno for getting his first taste!