The Mets have requested release waivers on outfielder Gary Matthews Jr., writes Pete Kerzel for MLB.com. The club designated Matthews for assignment late last week which gave them ten days to release, trade, or waive the veteran.
Matthews posted a slash line of .190/.266/.241 in 65 plate appearances for the Mets in 2010. After acquiring him for Brian Stokes in January, the Mets were on the hook for just $2MM of the $23.5MM owed to him for this year and next. However, the poor performance of Matthews coupled with the strong play of Angel Pagan meant the end of his time in Queens.