Depth at catcher, Cristian Guzman in the infield
Claimed yesterday by the Nationals, Chris Coste traveled to Jupiter (town, not planet) and he should play this afternoon. The Mets waived Coste, who became the victim of a numbers crunch at catcher.
"I haven't had a chance to communicate with the Nationals too much about what the opportunity is going to be," Coste said. "Whatever it is, it's going to be better than it was yesterday with the Mets. Whatever it is, it's going to be positive. It's nice when you go to a new team when it's a team you're familiar with. You at least have an idea of who the pitching staff is."
Barring injury, Coste will start the season with Class AAA Syracuse. He played 88 major league games last year and called going back to the minors at 37 "disappointing," but also said he would gladly accept the assignment.
The Nationals, Coste said "came within an inch" of signing him before the Mets came in with a better offer. The Nationals had more reason to sign Coste now. Jamie Burke, their expected Syracuse catcher, is recovering from a torn meniscus. Jesus Flores is still in a "resting mode" with his rehabbing shoulder and has not yet started throwing again.
The lack of depth at catcher has caused Wil Nieves and Ivan Rodriguez to catch 18 and 13 games this spring, respectively, a heavy spring workload by catchers' standards.
One other note: Cristian Guzman is starting at shortstop today, but Jim Riggleman plans to play Guzman for three innings today at second base. Tomorrow, Riggleman said, Guzman will start at shortstop second base. Guzman may also be a candidate to replace Adam Dunn at first base in late innings during the season, Riggleman said. ... Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Kennedy and Ivan Rodriguez won't come back to Jupiter tomorrow to face the Cardinals.
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