Brad Emaus Returned To Blue Jays
In case you missed it, Rule 5 pick and Opening Day second baseman Brad Emaus was returned to the Toronto Blue Jays; he will report to AAA Las Vegas.
For those unaware, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
I find it mildly surprising that the Mets didn’t work out some kind of a deal to keep Emaus, considering how high J.P. Ricciardi was on the infielder and how much time was invested in Emaus during the spring. But, I don’t know who the Mets could have offered to the Jays in return. They can’t really afford to give up any of their minor league pitchers, and their position players of value are similarly too young to send away.
What is interesting is that the Jays have phenom Brett Lawrie tending 2B in Vegas now (and hitting .390), and it is only a matter of time before he is in Toronto. So I imagine that Emaus will return to his more “natural” position of third base — a position where he will have to hit for more power than he has shown (both this spring and in his minor league career).
With Emaus gone, my guess is that Justin Turner and/or Dan Murphy will have to make it happen at second base this year — though, former MLB starter Russ Adams looms in Buffalo as the next viable option. Dreamy Mets fans like to discuss Ruben Tejada and Jordany Valdespin, but both are slated to play shortstop in preparation to compete for the absence of Jose Reyes either later this year or next spring. Josh Satin has made some noise, but it’s questionable whether he can make the jump from AA. Reese Havens? He’s yet to play in a game after offseason rib surgery.
What do you think? Should the Mets have found a way to keep Emaus, particularly since he doesn’t seem to have a future with the Blue Jays? Are you confident that there is someone already in the organization to play the position now and/or in the very near future — or do they need to acquire someone?