Apparently the Rockies liked what they saw in Brad Emaus when they swept the Mets last week (he recorded two hits in seven plate appearances). A day after the New York Mets returned infielder and former Rule 5 pick back to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Jays turned around and dealt Emaus to the Rockies. The Blue Jays will receive pitcher Chris Malone and a player to be named later or cash.
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. The Mets selected Emaus in the Rule 5 draft, and named him their starting second baseman out of Spring Training. However, the right-handed hitter stumbled out of the gate with a forgettable .162/.262/.162 line, which led to him being placed on waivers.
Malone, a right-handed reliever, owns a career 4.78 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 2.26 K/BB ratio in seven minor league seasons. The pitcher doesn’t seem to project as a major leaguer, which means the Blue Jays had even less faith in Emaus. It has yet to be determined whether the Blue Jays will receive an additional player or just take the cash from the Rockies.
With Jonathan Herrera playing well for the Rockies at second base–not to mention the depth of Ty Wigginton and Jose Lopez–Emaus doesn’t appear to have a shot to start with the Major League team anytime soon. Barring an injury or extremely good play in Triple-A, Emaus might just become organizational depth.