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The Mets designate Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment

Jun 4, 2010, 4:13 PM EST

matthews headshot.JPGThe Mets have finally done what seemed absolutely necessary weeks ago: they’ve designated Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment. As you know, that means they have ten days to trade, release or demote Matthews. Given that Omar Minaya is the only person on the entire planet who would ever trade for Gary Matthews, I’m guessing a release is in his future.

Matthews was a special brand of terrible in Queens this year, batting .190/.266/.241 in 65 plate appearances. He has done nothing but pinch hit and serve as a defensive replacement since the middle of May. And his defense isn’t any good anymore, so there’s that.

The corresponding roster move: calling up catcher Omir Santos, who has hit .143/.194/.222 in 63
at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A this year.
  And the thing about it: he’s more valuable than Matthews.

  1. scatterbrian - Jun 4, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    I can’t think of another player who benefited more from one singular play.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 4, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    The Mutts are really scraping the bottom of the barrel, aren’t they? Reminds me a bit of the Wehrmacht throwing twelve year olds into the defense of Berlin.

  3. JimmyY - Jun 4, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    What was his contract by the Angels, like $50 Million/5 years? Goes to show you a lot of these GM’s ain’t the most brilliant. Seems like they sign some of these guys on a whim and a prayer.

  4. Amol - Jun 4, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Given that Omar Minaya is the only person on the entire planet who would ever trade for Gary Matthews, I’m guessing a release is in his future.

    Two words: Dayton Moore

  5. J Rose - Jun 4, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Correction: he has done nothing since that spectacular, steroid-aided catch prolonged his career for another five years

  6. J. McCann - Jun 4, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Our long national nightmare is over.
    This is why you pay attention to defensive stats (as flawed as they are) over the eyeball test.
    But I hope he catches on with an Indy league team or something.

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  8. fashionhos - Jun 5, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Seattle Mariners will grab Gary Jr up in a heartbeat to compete for an outfield spot with their A-list team. Learn how to be voted one of the best GMs in MLB by spending truckloads of cash on worthless players.

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