Now Commenting On:

{"content":["spring_training" ] }

Gotay's Mets career nearing an end

Gotay's Mets career nearing an end

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Mets have placed infielder Ruben Gotay on outright waivers, a person familiar with the situation confirmed on Thursday, creating the possibility that his Mets career has ended.

If any team chooses to claim Gotay before the waiver period ends, that club will then assume his rights and current contract. If not, then Gotay will have the option to either accept a Minor League assignment or become a free agent.

"I thought I did a good job last year," Gotay told multiple news outlets, including the New York Post and Daily News, on Thursday morning. "I didn't deserve this."

Gotay, 25, hit .295 in 190 at-bats with the Mets last season, playing backup to Jose Valentin and then to Luis Castillo at second base. The Mets squelched his chance at a starting job last July, when they traded for Castillo, a superior defensive second baseman. Certainly, Gotay's offense has rarely been in question -- he hit .318 against right-handers in particular -- but that was never enough to earn him regular playing time.

Slowed by a right ankle sprain for much of this spring, Gotay hit .235 with one home run in 17 Grapefruit League at-bats. His inability to hit left-handers with any consistency, however, conspired with a lack of open bench spots made him expendable. The Mets have made it clear that they would prefer their final bench spot go to someone -- namely Brady Clark or Fernando Tatis -- who can excel against left-handed pitching.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["spring_training" ] }
{"content":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español