The New York Mets claimed reliever Manny Acosta from the Atlanta Braves today after the Braves placed him on waivers. Allow me to give all New York writers a quote they can use, "Acosta is like the pitching version of Jeff Francoeur, only worse." So yes, claim him all you want. The fear of Acosta ever appearing in a game for us again is finally over.
In another roster move, the Braves outrighted reliever Juan Abreu, who they signed away from the Royals this off-season, to triple-A. We will probably see him again, but there's not need for him to take up space on the 40-man. With the Braves having off-loaded Todd Redmond last week to triple-A and off the 40-man, we now have 3 open spaces on the 40-man roster.
One space will go to Jason Heyward, but who will take the other two spaces? Even if Joe Thurston makes the squad and is added to the 40-man, that still leaves one open spot. Very curious... what are the Braves thinking, and could this be the prelude to an end-of-spring trade? Maybe we just couldn't pass up the opportunity to give Manny Acosta to the Mets.