After being designated for assignment Friday, Mets reliever Hansel Robles found a home Saturday, as the Angels claimed him off waivers and assigned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Despite his struggles the past two years, it was unlikely that Robles, who had been in the Mets’ organization his entire career, would be left jobless for long.
Many — including manager Mickey Callaway for a time — viewed him as a reclamation project: a pitcher with the physical ability and the potential to put it all together and again be effective at the major-league level. He was 2-2 with a 5.03 ERA this year and shuttled back and forth from Triple-A Las Vegas.
“You kept on seeing the same thing,” Callaway said Friday of the decision to DFA Robles. “The adjustments he needed to make to be that consistent guy and get consistent outs [were] looking more and more difficult and it looked like it wasn’t going to happen for us. He went out there and attacked and did the best he could, and the results just weren’t coming.”
Though Sandy Alderson did need to free up two spots on the 40-man roster to accommodate two minor-league call-ups, the Robles move came as a surprise. The Mets, who had placed AJ Ramos on the 60-day disabled list to make room for one, had the option to do the same with minor-league pitcher Jamie Callahan, but that would have required giving him service time and a major-league salary.
“Hansel’s been with us quite a while,” Alderson said by way of explanation Friday. “We’ve seen him pitch well. We’ve seen him pitch less well. We’ve got a number of other young relievers, some of whom we acquired last year at the trade deadline, that we want to take a look at.
“Tim Peterson is an example of somebody that has gotten an opportunity and, at least in the short term, pitched well for us. So we just felt it was time to take a look at a couple of additional people. We’re excited to see what Drew Smith can do for us.”
David Wright took grounders at third base and threw to first Saturday. He hit in an indoor batting cage Friday and is slowly ramping up baseball activities.