According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York Chris Capuano was not the only to clear waivers for the New York Mets. A handful of Mets have cleared waivers this afternoon, including Angel Pagan and Jason Bay:
As Rubin mentions this does not mean any of the players will get traded, it simple means they are eligible to be traded to any of the “other 29 teams this month.”
Jason Bay is in the second year of his 4 year/$66 million dollar contract and the fact that the former slugger is hitting just .248 with nine home runs it is not at all surprising that he cleared waivers. It also makes it very hard for the Mets to find a taker on the left fielder given his money owed, and lack of production, so I wouldn’t expect to much to come out of this at all.
However, I would not rule out the possibility of a trade getting done with any of the other three players that cleared waivers today or Chris Capuano who cleared waivers yesterday. As Buster Olney of ESPN.com suggested last night, the lefty may be someone that the Arizona Diamondbacks decide to take a look at:
There is not an actual deadline by which any of these players would need to be dealt but in order for a newly acquired player to be eligible for the playoffs, he must be on his new team’s roster by August 31st, which makes that a sort of ‘unofficial’ deadline.
Angel Pagan is hitting.248 in 339 at-bats this season, with 25 extra-base hits:
With Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy on the shelf, Willie Harris has been getting regular playing time lately, but only has five hits in his last 22 at-bats:
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