Ruben Gotay is now on waivers.
According to David Lennon, Gotay was ready to go to the game against Atlanta in Orlando today, but was told he was on waivers which does not allow a player to participate in any team practices or games.
Gotay was most likely placed on waivers yesterday after appearing in the minor league game against Pedro Martinez. That means that he must wait until tomorrow to see if he is claimed by another team.
Gotay was supposed to be on today's trip to Orlando, but with his duffel bag in front of him, he sat on his stool with tears in his eyes as he talked on his cell phone.That's rough. I really like Gotay, and I can't believe the Mets would rather have a guy like Fernando Tatis instead of taking Gotay and his much higher ceiling.
"I thought I did a good job last year," Gotay said. "I didn't think I deserved this."
Tatis has played alright, but he cannot play the outfield like the Mets hope. I commented on Mets Lounge that "Tatis is like a fat, lazy, uncoordinated Lastings Milledge. He takes the worst beads to ball in the OF. It's scary. "
Gotay has a better bat, and though his defense might not be up to par, the rest of the team which would play around him is stellar, and the team could take a slight hit at one position to spell a guy like Luis Castillo, David Wright or Jose Reyes for a day or even a few days.
I know one of the sites most prolific commenter (Doug) will not be pleased. Hopefully Gotay can make it back to the team and start to polish up his glove so he can show the Mets what he can really do.