Mets acquire veteran reliever Vinny Nittoli from Cubs
The New York Mets have added some bullpen depth by acquiring right-hander Vinny Nittoli in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, according to MLB.com. The return for Nittoli is currently unknown.
Nittoli, 32, has only appeared in three major league games, two last season in Philadelphia and one in 2021 with Seattle. He opted out of his minor league deal with the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa City affiliate on Thursday after pitching 20 ⅔ innings in 16 appearances.
Nittoli will be added to the Mets’ 40-man roster and can be optioned to the minors. The Mets had two open spots, so no corresponding move is necessary.
The Mets’ bullpen has been hit hard by injuries, with Edwin Diaz out for most of the season after suffering a knee injury during the World Baseball Classic. However, David Robertson has stepped up as closer in Diaz’s absence, while Adam Ottavino, Brooks Raley, and Jeff Brigham have also pitched well.
Who did the Mets acquire in a trade with the Cubs?
The Mets acquired right-hander Vinny Nittoli.
What is the return for Nittoli?
The return for Nittoli is not yet known.
How many major league games has Nittoli appeared in?
Nittoli has only appeared in three major league games.
Can Nittoli be optioned to the minors?
Yes, Nittoli can be optioned to the minors.
Did the Mets have to make a corresponding move to add Nittoli to the roster?
No, the Mets had two open spots on their 40-man roster.
Who has replaced Edwin Diaz as closer for the Mets?
David Robertson has replaced Edwin Diaz as closer for the Mets.
Who else in the Mets bullpen has pitched well?
Adam Ottavino, Brooks Raley, and Jeff Brigham have also pitched well for the Mets.
Cubs trade veteran reliever Vinny Nittoli to Mets
The New York Mets bolstered their bullpen with the acquisition of right-hander Vinny Nittoli from the Chicago Cubs, according to MLB.com. It is currently unclear what the Mets gave up in return for Nittoli, who has made just three appearances in the majors, two in 2022 with the Philadelphia Phillies and one in 2023 with the Seattle Mariners. However, this season he has pitched 20 ⅔ innings for the Cubs Triple-A Iowa City affiliate before opting out of his minor league deal on Thursday. Nittoli will be added to the Mets’ 40-man roster and can be optioned to the minors. The Mets already had two open spots, meaning no corresponding move was necessary. Without the injured Edwin Diaz, the Mets bullpen has been propped up by David Robertson, who has taken over closer duties, while Adam Ottavino, Brooks Raley and Jeff Brigham have also pitched well.