The Mets have designated reliever Stephen Tarpley for assignment, according to the MLB.com transactions tracker. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Jerad Eickhoff, whose previously-reported selection has been made official.
Tarpley has made one appearance for New York this season, failing to record an out while allowing a hit, two walks and a hit batsmen. He has made nine appearances at Triple-A Syracuse, allowing seventeen runs (fifteen earned) in just 8 2/3 innings.
It obviously hasn’t been a banner season for Tarpley, but he’s appeared in the big leagues in each of the past four years. A former Orioles and Pirates prospect, the southpaw made his debut with the Yankees and has also seen some time with the Marlins. Across 44 2/3 MLB innings, the 28-year-old has a 7.05 ERA/4.46 SIERA. He’s missed bats at a slightly above-average 11.3% clip and struck out a solid 26.7% of batters faced at the big league level. But Tarpley’s also issued walks at an alarming 14.3% rate and served up eight home runs in his brief major league work. The Mets will have a week to trade him or expose him to waivers.