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.