Mets Dump Aaron Laffey

In the most unexpected move of the season, the Mets have designated Aaron Laffey for assignment. Hopefully someone will claim him (doubtful) and we’ve seen the last of Laffey in a Mets uniform.

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Aaron Laffey — gone!

Aaron Laffey was one of the bigger pitching flops in recent Mets history. In four appearances (two starts), Laffey pitched to a 7.20 ERA. He somehow managed to avoid being credited with any losses. He of course did not win a game.

Robert Carson has been called up to take his place. It was a mild surprise when Carson did not make the team out of Spring Training, but he apparently decided to use the snub as a challenge, pitching to a 1.17 ERA in eight appearances in Las Vegas.

“I went back to work,” Carson said. “Now I’m back here, and I’m happy to be here.”

Laffey’s spot in the rotation, meantime, will likely be taken by Shaun Marcum. He is said to be nearly ready and could make his Mets debut on Saturday.

Before Saturday, however, the Mets have to figure out who will start on Thursday. So far the starter is listed as TBA — hardly a vote of confidence for the struggling Jeremy Hefner. My guess is that Hefner is sent down and Collin McHugh makes that start.

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