The Mets/Brad Emaus marriage was never meant to be. According to sources, the Toronto Blue Jays have taken Brad Emaus back after the infielder successfully cleared waivers. Since Emaus was selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Blue Jays, the team can now option him back to Triple-A.
Emaus was originally selected in the first round of the 2007 draft by then Blue Jays General Manager J.P. Ricciardi. The infielder spent the past four seasons in the minors, owning an impressive .276/.364/.426 career line. Emaus enjoyed his finest overall campaign last season, posting a .290/.397/.476 line with 15 HR, 75 RBI, 79 R, and 13 SB between Double-A and Triple-A.
Despite his stats, Emaus could not reserve a spot on the Blue Jays active or 40-man roster, which led to his unprotected status going into the Rule 5 draft. Since the Mets had a void at second base–and that current Assistant General Manager J.P. Ricciardi originally scouted and drafted the infielder–the Mets plucking Emaus was almost a no brainer.
The career minor leaguer went from oblivion to household name after the Mets named Emaus their starting second baseman. However, the right-handed hitter stumbled out of the gate with a forgettable .162/.262/.162 line with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, and 0 SB in 42 PA’s. Due to his hitting display and overall mediocrity, Sandy Alderson placed Emaus on waivers, and tabbed Dan Murphy and Justin Turner as the platoon options at second base.
The Toronto Blue Jays will now pay the Mets $25,000 for Emaus’ services. The infielder will report to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hopes to play well enough to get a call at some point this season.