Gotay and Register on Waivers?
Hat tips all around to those who posted and sent emails regarding the Mets’ placing Steven Register and Ruben Gotay on waivers.
We could all see Gotay going on, since his injury makes him less palatable for other teams. I believe the recent availability of Marcus Giles — who had a good spring but will not be part of the Rockies’ plans — may have had something to do with the timing.
However, there is still the chance a team could claim Gotay and put him on the DL to start the season. I wouldn’t put it past Billy Beane, for example — it would allow Oakland to more easily deal away Mark Ellis.
The Register move is a little surprising, because it appeared he was ahead of both Joe Smith — who has options — and Brian Stokes. Stokes has put up poor numbers this spring, and his stuff isn’t exactly awe-inspiring. He also sported a hefty 7.07 ERA over 59 games last year. A bit puzzling, from this point of view.
My guess is that the Mets and Rockies already have a deal in place, whereby the Mets will send a minor leaguer to Colorado in return for the right to keep Register in the organization. First, he’ll have to clear waivers — which is no guarantee with teams such as the Marlins, Rays, Royals, and others desperate for talented youngsters.
The Gotay move would suggest that Fernando Tatis has a fair chance of taking the 25th spot on the roster.