Minor-league righthander Jacob Rhame is the player to be named in the Friday trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers, the Mets announced. Rhame, 24, fits the mold of the hard-throwing relievers the Mets have acquired in bulk during a flurry of trades during the last three weeks.
A sixth-rounder in the 2013 draft, Rhame was 0-2 with two saves and a 4.31 ERA for Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Pacific Coast League. The Mets assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas. According to scouts, Rhame has touched 98 mph with his fastball. His secondary offerings are described as “fringe,” though his slider could develop into a worthy complement.
Rival evaluators see Rhame eventually becoming a seventh- or eighth-inning reliever in the big leagues. One scout called him “an up/down guy next year with the hope of a consistent setup guy later.”
Even after the Mets’ recent roster purge, general manager Sandy Alderson might not be done. A source said Sunday that trade interest in infielder Asdrubal Cabrera has picked up.
Cabrera, 31, has an $8.5-million option for 2018. Team officials still are open to picking up the option, especially with the Mets likely to be in the market for infield help next season.
But Cabrera also could be moved in the right deal. His contract includes a $2-million buyout should he and the Mets part ways, meaning that keeping the infielder actually would cost an additional $6.5 million.
He has a .261/.329/.393 slash line, nine homers and 35 RBIs, his least productive season at the plate since 2014. Cabrera began the season at shortstop but his diminished range prompted a move to second and third base, where he has looked comfortable despite limited big-league experience at those positions.
Matt Harvey will make his third rehab start Monday with Double-A Binghamton. Working his way back from a stress injury in his shoulder, he’s coming off three scoreless innings in his last rehab start Friday with Class A Brooklyn . . . Manager Terry Collins thinks closer Jeurys Familia will need to throw in consecutive games during his minor-league rehab before the Mets consider adding him to the active roster. Familia is coming back from surgery to remove a blood clot.