10/09/2003 7:17 PM ET
Scutaro, Watson claimed by A's
NEW YORK -- The Mets lost a pair of players off their 40-man roster on Thursday when infielder Marco Scutaro and outfielder Matt Watson were claimed off waivers by Oakland.
By Kevin T. Czerwinski / MLB.com
Neither player figured into New York's plans next season. Scutaro, 27, was on and off the 40-man roster this year, splitting time between the parent club and Triple-A Norfolk. He appeared in 48 games for the Mets, hitting .231 with two homers and six RBIs. He hit .311 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 70 games for the Tides.
Watson, 25, was a September callup who spent most of the season at Norfolk. He also spent time with Double-A Binghamton, and Class A Brooklyn and Port St. Lucie on rehab assignments. Watson has potential at the plate but is oft injured, as evidenced by the two oblique strains he suffered this season. He hit .174 with two RBIs in 23 at-bats in 2003.
The Mets 40-man roster now stands at 36.
Kevin Czerwinski is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.