The Rays released Walters on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 29-year-old toiled away to the tune of a 5.89 ERA with the Mets' Triple-A Las Vegas team in 2016, and the Rays didn't find a spot for him in their organization after they inked him to a minor-league deal. Walters may catch on somewhere else as organizational depth.
Walters agreed to a minor league deal with the Rays on Sunday that includes an invitation to spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Walters had spent the past seven years of his professional career climbing the minor league ranks within the Mets' organization. He posted 5.89 ERA over 56 games with Triple-A Las Vegas last season and will look to put together a solid spring training performance with the hopes of cracking a major league roster for the first time in his career.
Walters was added to the 40-man roster Friday. Walters missed the first half of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery, but ended up impressing in a limited stint with Double-A Binghamton to the tune of a 1.96 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. He should get the chance to progress to Triple-A in 2016.
The Mets placed six pitchers to their 40-man roster, including highly-touted prospect Noah Syndergaard, reports The Star-Ledger. New York also added pitchers Cory Mazzoni, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa, Akeel Morris and Jack Leathersich. Pitcher Jeff Walters, who's recovering from Tommy John surgery, was removed from the 40-man roster.
Mets minor-league pitcher Jeff Walters underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Tuesday, ESPNNewYork.com reports. Walters was diagnosed with a UCL tear last week. He finishes 2014 with a 8.86 ERA and six saves in 23 appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas.
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