Yesterday the Mets added Zach Lutz, Jordanny Valdespin, Armando Rodriquez, and Josh Stinson to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.
Zach Lutz became a favorite of mine this season. He plays third base so he is obviously blocked by David Wright. However, the Mets clearly aren't ready to give up on him. He has come a long way from his first day on the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2007 when he broke his foot. At first it looked like he would be an injury-prone draft bust after playing 25 games in his first two seasons. This year he spent most of the year in Binghamton and hit 17 home runs with a .289 batting average. He added another homer when he ended the year in Buffalo. He started the season in Single-A and finished in AAA, showing a ton of improvement. And oh yeah, he grew up as a Mets fan.
I hate saying it but Zach will probably have to be traded at some point. Obviously the Mets want to keep him and see how good he can get, building up value, but barring something happening to David Wright, there just isn't room for Zach. It's unfortunate but every team has positions that are blocked. He'll probably spend 2011 in AAA but hopefully he eventually get a chance somewhere.
Let's Go Mets!