Yesterday we learned that the Mets had placed former #1 prospect Fernando Martinez on Waivers along with lefty reliever Daniel Herrera. The news was not that shocking since rumors about his possible release had surfaced a few days earlier. Top prospect to waiver wire is a long drop in two years. F-Mart was hailed to have all the tools but none of the durability needed to fully showcase his talent.
Daniel Herrera was one of the players acquired in the Francisco Rodriguez trade last summer. He fared OK last season in his brief stint with the Mets, however it just became a numbers game with him. With the recent signings of Cedeno and Hairston among others the Mets needed to clear space on the 40-man roster.
Miguel Batista will be coming back for a second go around in New York. Alderson has been on the hunt for low cost depth in the pitching department, and Batista fits the bill. He is the kind of guy Sandy calls a “swing man”, someone who can spot start, pitch in relief and go down to the minors.
Other minor moves that you may have missed were former Mariners back up catcher Rob Johnson, utility man Omar Quintanilla from Houston and right handed pitcher Fernando Cabrera.
None of these moves will get you excited, but it is just Sandy doing his do diligence as he adds depth to the Mets as they prepare for the upcoming season. As we have seen with this club, you can never have enough depth because you never know when the injury bug is going to hit. For the Mets it seems like we have a bee hive in our dugout, hopefully the grounds crew can get rid of it so we can have a relatively healthy season in 2012.