It may be a sign of a very lean winter for the Mets but BMF is definitely intrigued by Rule 5 draftee Brad Emaus.
Second base is certainly an issue this year and it looks as though Alderson and the gang are open to moving on from Castillo.
Tejada is already ticketed for AAA so the gate is wide open for Emaus.
On paper he looks respectable - a 2nd or 3rd baseman with 15-20 HR potential. But the fact that Ricciardi knows him from the Jays system leads me to believe we may have gotten a steal.
The intangibles are all there for this Rule 5 player to stick on the 25 man roster: a void at position, at least one suit in the front office championing his cause, versatility to play more than one position, and he’s a patient hitter with good pitch selection.
I love Rule 5 guys. I guess it’s the all or nothing gamble that makes ‘em so alluring to root for. If you’re a Rule 5er you’ve gotta have upside or you would never be selected.
But once the new team has you it’s a high wire act trying to stay with the Big club all year. Fall off the 25 man roster and you’ll prob end up back with the same team that left you unprotected in the first place.
Emaus doesn’t exactly come with the hype of a Beltran, Santana or K-Rod but I’m very excited about the possibility of him blossoming as a Met.