Jorge Lopez designated for assignment by Mets after he threw glove into stands

May 30, 2024, 10:25 AM

Jorge Lopez, Mets...

Jorge López #52 of the New York Mets in action against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on May 29, 2024 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Luke Hales/Getty Images)

(Photo by Luke Hales/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jorge López will be cut by the struggling New York Mets after the reliever threw his glove into the stands following his ejection Wednesday at Citi Field.

Mets manager Carlos Mendoza called the outburst “not acceptable” and said it would be handled internally. López expressed no remorse over his display.

“I don’t regret it. I think I’ve been looking (like) the worst teammate probably in the whole MLB,” he said, using a profanity during a bizarre and confusing postgame interview in the Mets’ clubhouse.


The Mets made the move as they enter a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks that starts Thursday.

López told reporters he had not spoken to Mendoza or president of baseball operations David Stearns about the outburst, but a person with direct knowledge of the situation said that was not true. The person, who also confirmed López was being designated for assignment, spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose that detail publicly.

López, an All-Star in 2022, gave up a two-run homer to Shohei Ohtani late in New York’s 10-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moments later, the right-hander was ejected for shouting at third base umpire Ramon De Jesus over an appeal ruling on Freddie Freeman’s checked swing.

“It’s just emotions. The game, it just takes you there,” López said.

López pointed at De Jesus and yelled some more, then dropped the ball and walked off the mound with his jersey untucked. As he approached the Mets’ dugout, he tossed his glove high over the protective netting and it landed a couple of rows deep in the stands, where it was snagged by a fan.

“It definitely doesn’t look good,” said Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor, who initiated a players-only meeting in the clubhouse following New York’s 15th loss in 19 games.

“If our manager says it’s unacceptable, it’s unacceptable. I hope tomorrow, (López) feels completely different.”

After his cap fell off his head as well, López left it laying in the dirt in front of the dugout and headed for the bench.

“I’m the way I am,” he said. “I’m not afraid to be me.”

López, however, said he thought his teammates were embarrassed.

“Jorge’s a good guy inside. Deep down, he knows he shouldn’t have done that, obviously,” veteran reliever Adam Ottavino said. “Everybody’s going through stuff.”

After the game, the Mets began the process of designating López for assignment. They will have seven days to trade or release him, or send him outright to the minors if no other team claims him on waivers.

In his first season with the Mets, the 31-year-old López is 1-2 with a 3.76 ERA and two saves in 28 appearances — among the most in the majors. He signed a $2 million, one-year contract with New York in December.

López pitched for three playoff teams last season, going 6-2 with a 5.95 ERA and three saves in 61 relief appearances for Minnesota, Miami and Baltimore.

He moved exclusively to the bullpen in 2022 and was a dominant closer for the Orioles during four breakout months that earned him an All-Star selection. Baltimore traded him to the Twins in early August that year and he finished 4-7 with a 2.54 ERA and 23 saves in 67 games.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks' Gabriel Moreno...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. exit game vs. Phillies with injuries

Diamondbacks starting catcher Gabriel Moreno exited against the Phillies on Friday after he suffered a left thumb sprain.

2 hours ago

Jordan Montgomery...

Haboob Blog

Phillies fans count down Jordan Montgomery’s pitch clock in NLCS rematch vs. Diamondbacks

"3, 2, 1," Phillies fans made it abundantly clear to D-backs starter Jordan Montgomery when his pitch clock was about to expire on Friday.

3 hours ago

Joc Pederson...

Alex Weiner

D-backs’ Moreno and Pederson go back-to-back in win over Phillies; Pederson eggs on crowd

D-backs Gabriel Moreno and Joc Pederson hit back-to-back homers, and Pederson egged on a booing crowd of Phillies fans at Citizens Bank Park.

3 hours ago

Lourdes Gurriel Jr....

Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks-Phillies preview: Pitching probables for NLCS rematch

The Diamondbacks will look to go into Philadelphia and upset the Phillies just as they did in the NLCS last October.

1 day ago

Ketel Marte...

Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks-Phillies games to broadcast on Apple TV+, Roku Channel

Two of the Diamondbacks' three games against the Phillies this weekend will air on streaming services Apple TV+ and Roku.

1 day ago


Arizona Sports Video

Video: Jake McCarthy – Arizona Diamondbacks’ agent of chaos #mlb #arizonadiamondbacks

Wolf & Luke take a closer look at the impact Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jake McCarthy has had on the bases.

1 day ago

Jorge Lopez designated for assignment by Mets after he threw glove into stands