Nationals claim old friend Chris Costeby Eric Schwartz
Our old friend Chris Coste is on the move again — although not outside the NL East. Coste was placed on waivers by the Mets yesterday and quickly scooped up by the Nationals. Hopefully they can find a use for the veteran catcher as he certainly became a fan favorite in his time with the Phillies.
The following is an exert from the Washington Post
The Nationals claimed catcher Chris Coste off of waivers from the New York Mets, a minor move aimed at shoring up their catching depth. With Jesus Flores still rehabbing his shoulder injury, the Nationals needed an extra catcher in their organization behind Ivan Rodriguez and Wil Nieves.
Coste, 37, played 88 games last season for the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros, hitting .224 with a .618 OPS. He also won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008 and provides a reliable solution in case of emergency.
The Mets have a glut of catchers in their camp, which made Coste expendable in their eyes. But he has an option remaining, so the Nationals will be able to send him to Class AAA Syracuse without the risk of losing him.