The New York Mets claimed RHP Yoan Lopez off waivers from Miami Marlins on Tuesday and optioned him to the Syracuse Mets.
To make room for Lopez on the 40-man roster, the Mets placed LHP Joey Lucchesi on the 60-Day injured list as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery.
Lopez, 29, appeared in 113 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2018-2021, posting a 2-8 record with one save and a 4.25 ERA (48 earned runs/101.2 innings).
The right-hander spent most of the 2021 season with the Gwinnett Stripers, where he pitched to a 3.05 ERA.
Lopez has bounced around the National League East over the last five months. He was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves early in the offseason and then was claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies before the MLB lockout. After the lockout ended, the Phillies placed him on waivers and he was claimed by the Miami Marlins. Shortly after that, the Marlins put him on waivers and the Mets decided to claim him.
The Syracuse Mets season-opener is slated for Tuesday, April 5 against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at NBT Bank Stadium.
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