The New York Mets made a flurry of roster moves in the minor leagues recently with the most notable coming on Wednesday afternoon when they released right-hander Marcos Molina.
The move freed up a spot on the 40-man roster for Matt den Dekker. The outfielder had his contract purchased from the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s and he started in center field for the Mets on Wednesday.
Molina, 23, was 1-10 this season with a 6.94 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 81.2 combined innings between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas.
The once highly touted prospect has never full regained his velocity after 2015 Tommy John surgery.
Den Dekker, 30, was slashing .286/.336/.524 with 11 doubles, five triples and 11 homers in 63 games for Vegas this season.
To make room on the Mets 25-man roster for den Dekker, they optioned outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski to Vegas. He was 0-for-4 with a walk in his first taste of the big leagues.
Outfielder Raphael Gladu was promoted to the Advanced-A St. Lucie Mets. He was hitting .275/.323/.366 with 13 doubles, four triples and one homer in 71 games for the Columbia Fireflies. The 23-year-old also had a 23-game hitting streak earlier this season.
Taking Gladu’s place on the Fireflies’ roster was outfielder Zach Rheams. The left-handed hitter has started his pro career off by going 5-for-24 with the Kingsport Mets. He was the Mets 27th round pick this year.
Infielder Anderson Bohorquez was also added to the St. Lucie roster and outfielder Ian Strom was placed on the 7-day disabled list. The 20-year-old Bohorquez has a .833 OPS for the GCL Mets this season.