According to the New York Mets, Manny Acosta has [finally] cleared waivers, and will report to Triple-A Buffalo. The right-hander had been placed on waivers back on March 29, but the reliever obviously took his time looking for a new home. Regardless of the minor league depth Acosta will provide for the Mets, there are still many folks out there who are puzzled that a reliever with a 2.95 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and a 2.33 K/BB ratio in 39.6 IP last season didn’t get any significant bites.
The Mets originally plucked the right-handed reliever from the Atlanta Braves in 2010. Acosta owned a career 3.55 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 1.44 K/BB ratio with the Braves over three seasons (a combined 153.6 IP), but never seemed to find a rhythm. In fact, Acosta’s ERA ballooned from 2.28 in 2007, to 3.57 in 2008, and to 4.34 in 2009. Similarly, his WHIP raised from 1.14 during that period to 1.71.
Despite the eye-popping WHIP in 2009, control has really been Acosta’s issue in the majors (his 4.6 BB/9 ratio in 2009 was actually lower than the 5.3 BB/9 IP ratio he posted in 2007). Acosta posted a 4.1 BB/9 IP with the Mets last season, but his 9.5 K/9 IP was the driving factor in his primo 2.33 K/BB ratio. As surprising as it may seem that no Major League team claimed a reliever who posted a 2.95 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, it’s evident GM’s honed in on Acosta’s more telling peripherals.
As it stands now, Jason Isringhausen will get first dibs on any bullpen slot that may open down the line, but if the Mets ever need a right-handed reliever with experience, Acosta will be biding his time in Buffalo.