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Mets have Schwinden on waivers to clear roster space

The Mets are finding out that 40-man roster spots are pretty scarce these days, so the precious space is going to go the players who perform in Buffalo and New York. Those that don't are going to be left on the outside and might end up in another organization.

Such is the case today for pitcher Chris Schwinden, who has been taken off the 40-man and placed on waivers so the Mets could create a spot for the callup of red-hot Bisons reliever Elvin Ramirez. You would think a young pitcher like Schwinden would be of interest to other teams looking for some depth.

Schwinden was 8-8 with the Bisons last year and was the winner of the Warren Spahn Award as the team's most valuable pitcher. He's 3-4, 2.59 with Buffalo this year while suffering from a chronic case of no run support. With the Mets, however, he failed to capitalize on a chance in the rotation and is 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA. 

The assumption here is the Mets don't want to lose Schwinden but they need 40-man spots so somebody has to go and maybe he sneaks through waivers and returns to the Herd. Manny Acosta was designated for assignment and has accepted a trip to Buffalo.

Josh Thole is re-joining the Mets today and Rob Johnson will be coming to Buffalo with Mike Nickeas staying in New York (both had minor-league options). In the next couple of weeks, the Mets will have to create 40-man slots for rehabbing Bisons reliever Pedro Beato and Chris Young, who started yesterday and is now expected to make two more starts with the Herd.  You wonder what that means for current Bisons on the 40-man like Josh Satin or the injured Zach Lutz. 

---Mike Harrington

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