The New York Mets are not exactly hurting for money. However, they certainly regretted a $24,500 purchase on Saturday.
That was the dollar amount the Mets received from the Braves for Allan Winans during the minor league portion of the Rule V Draft after the 2021 season. He was a third round selection in that draft, costing that relative pittance as the Braves brought him into their organization.
Allan Winans shows New York Mets what they missed out on
The 28 year old was brought up as the 27th man for the Braves’ doubleheader against the Mets. The nerves were clear early in his second major league start as he walked two and hit a batter with two out in the first. However, Winans dominated from that point. He fired seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out nine. He used his low 90s sinker, slider, and plus change to great effect, completely flummoxing the Mets lineup.
This outing could be more than just a spot start. The Braves have been looking for someone to hold down the fifth starter spot in the rotation. Yonny Chirinos has struggled in his three outings in Atlanta and may not have that long of a leash. It makes sense to see what he can do with a more extended look.
It is also a reminder of what the Mets could have had. They did not have the pitching depth they envisioned, making Winans’ start all the more painful. Add in the fact that he went to a division rival for virtually nothing and the Mets have to be ruing their inability to find a place for Winans on their Triple-A roster.
Allan Winans dominated the New York Mets on Saturday. All they got for him was $24,500 from the Atlanta Braves.