New York Mets Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker have cleared waivers, joining teammates Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce, meaning they all are now eligible to be traded, sources tell FanRag Sports.
Recently acquired reliever A.J. Ramos has cleared as well. He is owed about $2 million for the rest of this season and has the potential to earn somewhere in the $9 million range via arbitration next season.
Interestingly, Mets star Yoenis Cespedes also has cleared waivers, meaning none of the other 29 teams put in a claim. Many players clear waivers; in some cases it’s because the player is considered less valuable than his contract, while in others it’s because it’s a waste of time. Bryce Harper is a player on another team who has cleared, but the reason he got through is that any claiming team would understand that the Washington Nationals would simply pull him back and keep him, anyway.
Cabrera and Bruce may have the best chance to be traded among the five prominent Mets now known not to be claimed. Cabrera is having a nice year and showing flexibility in the field — though the Mets hold an option for 2018 on him.
Bruce is having a terrific season, but the issue there is that few contending teams need an outfielder. Bruce can play first base, too, but a Yankees source said they aren’t currently interested in him as a first baseman (and the Mets don’t seem to love to trade with the Yankees anyway; Lucas Duda was sent to the Tampa Bay Rays instead of the Yankees).
Granderson’s high salary ($15 million) may make it difficult to move him, but he was connected to the Brewers earlier. Walker has returned from the disabled list, but no contending teams are clamoring for a second baseman, so it’s hard to see him going anywhere. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network first reported that Bruce and Granderson had cleared waivers.
The Mets enter play Sunday with a record of 49-59, in fourth place in the NL East, 15 games back of the Nationals.