Mets claim Acosta off waivers from Braves

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Manny can be maddening, but he still has a quality arm.

Manny Acosta, that is.

The Braves tried to drop the pitcher from their 40-man roster Tuesday and the New York Mets snagged him, claiming the right-handed reliever off waivers.

The Braves got reliever Juan Abreu through waivers and outrighted him to Class A Myrtle Beach.  The moves left them with 37 players on the 40-man roster (the Braves outrighted pitcher Todd Redmond to Class AAA Gwinnett last week).

Two spots will be needed for Jason Heyward, the phenom right fielder, and reliever Scott Proctor. Another could be needed for utility man Joe Thurston, if he wins the closely contested battle with Brooks Conrad for the final bench job.

Proctor is expected to pitch two or three weeks at Gwinnett after returning to game action only two weeks ago, following 17 months and two elbow surgeries. They wouldn’t have to add him to the 40-man roster until he’s ready to join the major league team.

Meanwhile, Acosta, 28, will finally get to pitch for a New York team after beginning his career in the Yankees organization and never making it out of their minor league system.

He signed with the Braves as a minor league free agent in 2003 and arrived in the majors in 2007, posting a 2.28 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 23-2/3 innings as  a rookie.

But in 2008, he had almost as many walks (26) as strikeouts (31) in 53 innings, and last season he spent time at Gwinnett and had a 4.34 ERA in 36 appearances in the majors.

Against the Mets, Acosta has a 3.86 ERA in 14 career appearances, with three of the six runs he’s allowed against them coming in one game.

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parker

March 30th, 2010
6:40 pm

parker

March 30th, 2010
6:40 pm

finally acosta is gone!

Nelson S.

March 30th, 2010
6:50 pm

DOB,

Copied the article twice fyi.

Pete

March 30th, 2010
6:51 pm

The Grinch

March 30th, 2010
6:59 pm

Dang. Got his signature at ST and now he’s a Met.

chin music

March 30th, 2010
7:01 pm

he’s got a live arm, for sure, but i don’t see the mental makeup there to be a reliable reliever. and unfortunately for him, that’s the hardest thing to develop if you don’t come by it naturally. i look forward to the braves’ lineup seeing 95-mph heaters on a rope over the plate against the mets this year.

DB Cooper

March 30th, 2010
7:07 pm

got to be something better to write about than this

Innocent Bystander

March 30th, 2010
7:09 pm

Two spots will be needed for Jason Heyward

I thought that was your entire sentence. He’s just that big a deal, I guess.

Reid in EAV

March 30th, 2010
7:30 pm

That’s OK, there’s lots of patience in NY for a live-arm guy to finally get his [crud] together.

Oh wait…

toga party

March 30th, 2010
7:32 pm

Reid in EAV

March 30th, 2010
7:41 pm

@Innocent Bystander. Oh no. Heyward needs at least five roster spots.

Johnny DangerDawg

March 30th, 2010
7:50 pm

David O’Brien,
I haven’t heard anything about Peter Moylan this Spring. How is he doing?

Beauvighn

March 30th, 2010
7:54 pm

The guy couldn’t throw strikes.. I hled my breath everytime he entered the game, especially with a 1 run lead…Having said that, now watch him turn into the second coming of Rollie Fingers…You young bucks can look him up..

Smack

March 30th, 2010
8:06 pm

Why not drop Stephen Marek from the 40 man? He stunk up Mississippi last year and was a wreck in spring training. I think we would have had better luck squeezing him through waivers.

GetwhatUpayfor

March 30th, 2010
8:08 pm

Fire Paul Hewitt. Go Braves

Roja

March 30th, 2010
8:22 pm

Hope Venters joins Manny rather than have him do his best Manny imitation all year in the Braves bullpen.

NYbravesfan

March 30th, 2010
8:54 pm

Pleased that Manny is gone… One less headache and stomach wrenching experience when he enters

T-Town Dawg

March 30th, 2010
9:10 pm

Glad to know that Manny “I’ll Cost Ya” will pitch against us this year rather than for us. Or did he always pitch against us?

T-Money

March 30th, 2010
9:47 pm

I don’t like this. Manny has never been completely terrible with a career ERA below 4.00 in under 140 innnings.

With old arms coming off surgeries in the pen, I’d like to know Manny was at AAA in case we needed him.

Joe

March 30th, 2010
10:14 pm

Bring back Dan Kolb and Bob Wickman.

Asator

March 30th, 2010
10:22 pm

Good to know that Manny will still be good to help the Braves earn 3-4 wins this season.

LWells2000

March 30th, 2010
10:24 pm

Good riddance.

Quick

March 30th, 2010
10:27 pm

Bring back Maddux, Glavine and Smoltzie for Bobby’s farewell season and I again second the motion to fire Paul Hewitt. How bout the Lemmer too. Man what a season we’d have then!

Quick

March 30th, 2010
10:28 pm

We can’t forget Otis Nixon.

athensmatt

March 30th, 2010
10:31 pm

so, i guess we can just claim him back off waivers after the mets release him in a few weeks? as is regular practice for them with players these days?

Ray

March 30th, 2010
10:31 pm

Braves lose a lot of guys they put on waivers. If they have so much depth, why can’t they ever make the playoffs ?
A Georgia guy, OF Brandon Moss was let go on waivers. He would be a decent guy at AAA to call up if Mc Louth never hits again.

Quick

March 30th, 2010
10:41 pm

I’m just glad to see Billy (the spring chicken) Wagner throwin good. If he lasts a few more years maybe we can trade him in for Mariano Rivera.

Bobby Cox

March 30th, 2010
11:11 pm

First Kelly Johnson, and now Manny Acosta. Frank is unloading my favorites one by one. I begged him to give Chris Reitsma and Jeff Bennett an invite this spring, but he wouldn’t budge. He said he couldn’t find Buddy Carlyle’s phone number.

Manny Acosta

March 31st, 2010
12:20 am

Mitchell

March 31st, 2010
12:32 am

Hilarious.

Bye bye Manny.

BravesFanLostInOhio

March 31st, 2010
9:20 am

I wasn’t really an Acosta fan, but you can’t feel good about losing him off waivers to the Mets. Esh…

RoscoDeGama

March 31st, 2010
9:25 am

Yet another loose cannon added to the Mets bullpen. Great acquisition by Minaya. What a disaster!

Fillin' up @ Juniors

March 31st, 2010
9:40 am

Somebody is making room for Kimbel…IF you want to see this kid this year or next you got to start clearing out some of the other jokers. Acosta is worth the risk of a waiver, but frankly what does it say about the mets that they needed him so badly in the first place.

Some Call Me Frenchy

March 31st, 2010
9:47 am

I’ll take Manny under my wing and you’ll see…he’ll turn his career around just like I have.

“New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town…”

dpelfrey

March 31st, 2010
10:23 am

BravesFanLostInOhio…”I wasn’t really an Acosta fan, but you can’t feel good about losing him off waivers to the Mets. Esh…”

Oh, yes I can!!!

beachcomber

March 31st, 2010
11:16 am

Someone above hit it – great arm but the mental side of the game – ouch.

Prediction – both Kimbrel and Freeman will see meaningful time with the big club this year.

phoenix falcon

March 31st, 2010
11:47 am

what took so long????

JEFF

March 31st, 2010
11:53 am

Good- Let A costa us again go to the Mets, he gives up way to many homers at the wrong time. I can’t say Bobby you Costa us again when he pitches this year and that is a good thing.

ugaaccountant

March 31st, 2010
1:45 pm

I completely don’t understand this move.

We were told that all of the 40 man roster types like Acosta had at least 1 more option year.

We don’t seem to have a need for Acosta’s spot on the 40 man roster for about 60 days, when Diory comes off the DL.

Acosta was slightly below average at the major league level. Marek, around the same age mind you, was below average in the minors. Why would we not have designated Marek for assignment and at least attempted to trade Acosta?

ugaaccountant

March 31st, 2010
2:15 pm

Found yesterdays discussion. Acosta had successfully been optioned. Not following this at all:

Spot 37 Acosta for ????
Spot 38 Redmond now Heyward
Spot 39 Abreu for Proctor in a few weeks
Spot 40 60 day dl Diory Hernandez for Thurston, maybe

I guess it was just to clear future trade/acquisition room. I would have thought we could at least trade Acosta for a player, or heck a stack of baseball bats. Seems we had plenty of time to explore this option.

SC Smith

March 31st, 2010
4:42 pm

Hey Ray, 14 straight years in the playoffs, missed the last three, pretty good percentage. I guess you either werent around or forgot the other 25 or so years when we went only twice and mostly were awful. I’ll take where the Braves are now.

JohnSmith

April 1st, 2010
5:45 am

Some players — like Frenchy — actually thrive in environments like that. Who’s to say that Acosta won’t follow suit? In any case, Bobby gave the guy every opportunity to make the club, so that’s the end of that as far as Atlanta’s concerned. I know I won’t be losing any sleep over it.

Larvell Blanks

April 1st, 2010
3:46 pm

Manny Longball off the Braves and on the Mets – a twofer!

I’ve never really understood relying on ERA as a measure of effectiveness for relievers like Mr. Longball. Mainly it measures how good a job the guy who comes in AFTER you does in stranding your runners. Meanwhile, the two inherited runners you let score go on the other guy’s ERA.

reason

April 1st, 2010
7:02 pm

It seems like when the first pitch of a new season happens, The Braves have a blank look on their face and Bobby Cox, forgets how to manage. The Braves and the curse of another season, which way are they going to go.

curtis jones

April 1st, 2010
7:09 pm

Just a breath of fresh air to open this season with no Frenchy, no Loaf, no Kotchman, no Bennett, no Acosta, no KJohnson…. why some of these guys still have jobs in the majors is a mystery.

curtis jones

April 1st, 2010
7:18 pm

Wow, I almost forgot. No Norton! Losing Norton and gaining Hinske is the best move of the off-season. It’s like losing an awful player, and gaining two good ones.

JRW7

April 1st, 2010
11:24 pm

GO BRAVES!!!! This season is for Bobby, I hate to see him go. GO BRAVES!!!!!

SavBrave

April 2nd, 2010
2:48 pm

I’ll miss Manny.

I always got big laughs from the wife when he came into the game and I would proclaim: Now entering from the bullpen, Manny “White Flag” Acosta!

But seriously, the guy did not evoke confidence.

Steve

April 3rd, 2010
5:07 am

This is addition by subtraction for the Braves. And also addition via a competing team addition. We get to face this guy multiple times during the year. I can’t wait for those days.

Acosta is probably pissed that he won’t get to face Frenchy, the one guy who would actually swing when this dudd pitches. Like all players not obviously on roids’ or guilty of obvious crimes, I hope Manny turns it around … just not against the Bravos!

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