Tonight is the deadline for the Mets to protect eligible minor leaguers from the Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster. Right-handed hitting outfielder Cory Vaughn was on the bubble, and the club alerted him earlier tonight that he would be left unprotected. Tweeted Vaughn:
just informed i wont b getting protected under the 40 man.. no regrets at all.. i play hard n leave it all out there..29 other teams notice
— Cory Vaughn (@sugarfreeCV) November 21, 2013
Vaughn, 24, split last season between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton.
In 295 plate appearances for Binghamton, Vaughn had a triple slash of .267/.346/.424, to go along with 10 home runs, 50 RBI’s, and 40 runs scored.
If Vaughn is claimed in the Rule 5 draft, the claiming team would have to keep him on their active roster all season or be forced to offer him back to the Mets.
Most who cover the Mets minor leagues feel that Vaughn’s ceiling is a platoon bat, but that certainly has value.
Due to the fact that the Mets have virtually no outfield depth, I thought it would be wise to protect Vaughn. Clearly, they thought otherwise.