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Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus goes from Mets’ Opening Day starter to designated for assignment

Apr 19, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus won the starting job at second base by hitting .294 with an .831 OPS in 24 games this spring, but after playing poorly in 14 games to begin the season the Mets have decided to cut him loose.

Emaus, who got the Opening Day nod and started 10 of the first 16 games, went 6-for-37 (.162) with nine strikeouts and four walks in 42 plate appearances.

It seems odd to take him in the Rule 5 draft, hand him the starting job, and then ditch him three weeks later after fewer than than 50 plate appearances, but even the most optimistic projection for Emaus pegs him as merely a useful role player and that was far from guaranteed at age 25.

Justin Turner was called up from Triple-A to take Emaus’ spot on the roster, but Daniel Murphy figures to replace him as the primary second baseman despite hitting just .226 with a .649 OPS in 34 plate appearances of his own. Assuming he clears waivers, Emaus will be offered back to his original team, the Blue Jays.

  1. BC - Apr 19, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    How can they DFA him? Don’t they have to give him back to his original team?

  2. bigxrob - Apr 19, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    I also thought they had to offer him back to his original team first. What’s going on here Gleeman?

  3. Aaron Gleeman - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Read the last line.

  4. spudchukar - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Gleeman has it right. Other teams have 10 days to pick up Emaus. If no one does then he is offered back to his original team, for $25,000. If someone does pick him up then that team must keep him on their 25 man roster throughout the year or the process begins again.

    • BC - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      That’s strange. I could swear it was the other way around, at least in the past. Offer him back to the original team, then he goes through waivers. Hmm. Oh well. I stand corrected.

      • bigxrob - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:35 PM

        As do I. I also thought it was the other way around.

      • paperlions - Apr 19, 2011 at 3:10 PM

        Nope, this is how it’s always been…and how teams can draft and trade rule 5 guys….like the year Cinci drafted Hamilton and immediately traded him to the Rangers. The rule requiring the player be offered back to the original team is ONLY in case the player will be sent back to the minors. The Rule 5 draft is designed to allow players “stuck” in an organization to get to a chance in the big leagues, so the only preventative rule is in the case that the player is being sent back down….thus the rules about staying in the majors all year and the restriction about being sent back down.

      • Joe - Apr 19, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        Hamilton was Rule 5 drafted by the Cubs and sold to the Reds, actually, but your point stands.

      • paperlions - Apr 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        I totally forgot he spent a year in Cinci.

  5. Joe - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    On the bright side for Emaus, he lasted longer than the Mets 2010 Opening Day first baseman before he got cut.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      Does that mean David Wright is next?

      • bobulated - Apr 19, 2011 at 4:13 PM

        It’s pretty obvious Wright wants out of NY to go to Atlanta and replace Chipper; he proved by playing catch with a kid in a Braves jersey the other day.

  6. bigxrob - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Is it that they have to offer him back first if they want to send him to the minors? Maybe that’s where I got confused here.

  7. The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    I think part of the issue is that his defense has been questionable as well to go along his awful work at the plate. There’s simply no sense in keeping him around if he can’t hit, has no upside, and isn’t impressing in the field. Might as well give someone else a try.

  8. visnovsky - Apr 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Gleeman, I’m very disappointed. This post has no where near enough snarkiness deserving of a ridiculous Mets post.

  9. Old Gator - Apr 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Soylent Green is former rule 5 draft picks!

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