The Mets optioned LHP Adam Bostick to Triple-A New Orleans and sent RHP Robert Parnell, RHP Eddie Kunz, RHP Juan Padilla, RHP Andy Cavazos, RHP Brant Rustich, RHP Ivan Maldonado, LHP Jonathan Niese, LHP Ryan Cullen, C Salomon Manriquez, C Mike Nickeas, SS Anderson Machado, OF Ben Johnson to minor league camp for reassignment.
The N.Y. Post reports that pitchers Jonathan Niese, Brant Rustich and Robert Parnell were among the non-roster players sent down to the Mets' minor-league camp Thursday.
After trading Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra to the Twins for Johan Santana, the Mets will convert RP Brant Rustich, a closer for much of his college career, into a starter, according to the New York Daily News.
The Mets signed RHP Nelson Figueroa and RHP Ivan Maldonado to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. Also, they invited farm hands LHP Jonathon Niese, RHP Robert Parnell, RHP Brant Rustich, OF Fernando Martinez and 1B Michel Abreu to spring training.