Royals Claim Joaquin Arias

The Royals claimed Joaquin Arias off of waivers from the Mets. New York acquired Arias from the Rangers in the Jeff Francoeur trade after the Rangers designated the infielder for assignment in August.

The Rangers acquired Arias in the 2004 Alfonso SorianoAlex Rodriguez trade. He did have a solid 2008 campaign as a reserve for the Rangers, but this year he hit just .258/.280/.320 between the Rangers and Mets. The 26-year-old is not yet arbitration eligible.

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  1. Well that was stupid.

  2. I wonder if Arias will ever turn into a decent big league player. Dude could make a nice utility infielder if he’d put it all together.

  3. metsfan189 5 years ago

    When did the Mets place Arias on waivers?

  4. Amazing that the Rangers had a choice between Arias and Cano, and chose Arias. Huge mistake.

  5. MetsEventually 5 years ago


  6. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    …….. Whew!!!

    That long sigh of relief came from Luis Castillo.

  7. Tvators 5 years ago

    Great move by the Mets, hopefully a sign that they stop wasting 1-3 mil on little power/little speed awful OBP% bench guys and give utilty jobs to guys like Jason Turner who has a .308/.373/.438 line in 700 + AAA ABs

    • Have you seen Turner play? He’s awful in the field; I’ve witnessed it.

      • Tvators 5 years ago

        Which is why he’d be a good utility guy, and much better roster use than 1.5 mil for Tatis’s, Matthew’s and Cora’s of the world, not someone to play everyday but a bat off the bench who could fill in all around the infield and they should throw him in the OF in the spring as well, Ty Wiggington never was much with a glove at any position yet has carved out a nice career,

  8. adropofvenom 5 years ago

    Fitting end for the Francoeur-era. Gave up nothing for him…was worthless for the Mets….and got nothing in return for him.

    • mrmet128 5 years ago

      what COULD you of got for francoeur, though? he was just plain bad. he had a great arm and was a nice guy, but that was it

      • adropofvenom 5 years ago

        Didn’t say I was expecting anything in return for him….. was more an observation then anything.

  9. mrmet128 5 years ago

    hahaha, wow. PERFECT fit for the Royals, with his .280 OBP.

    by the way Royals fans, for the month i saw him, he sucked. hopefully for you guys, he’s in AAA all year.

    • RoyalBlue 5 years ago

      “hahaha, wow. PERFECT fit for the Royals, with his .280 OBP.”

      Laugh while you can… Royals are just another year or two away from playing good ball…

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Wait until we have the best team in Baseball in 2 years.

      • mrmet128 5 years ago

        whatever you say. until then, i’ll laugh that Dayton Moore claimed Arias and his horrible OBP and laugh again when he picks up Jeff Francoeur and his bad offensive and low OBP.

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          What’s he supposed to do? Sign cliff lee? No.

          • mrmet128 5 years ago

            no, but i think it would be a better move to sign some cheap guys of the FA market who can actually hit and get on base, which Arias can’t do. im guessing they claimed him for the bench, but Moore could of found much better options for the bench than Arias.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Wait until we have the best team in Baseball in 2 years.

  10. Even if it was only for a few months, you can tally Arias as ANOTHER former Brave that Dayton’s signed off the junk heap.

    Gotta figure he’s going to pick up Francouer and Melky Cabrera, right?

    • GoFish128 5 years ago

      Uhmmm…Former Brave? How do you formulate that?

  11. mcchampions 5 years ago

    At what point do the people claiming Dayton Moore is going to pick up Jeff Francouer give up? It’s been like 4 years.

  12. RoyalsandCubs 5 years ago

    Moore will get Jeff. He will trade DeJesus and put Jeff in right or else he will put DeJesus in center and Jeff in right. Either way, Moore has always had his eye on Jeff like a stalker on his victim. It will finally happen and KC will have another fill in until the “future” happens.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Alex Gordon will have a breakout year in ’11 as well.

      I love the Royals so much and am so excited for them!!!!!

      • I like you SPA! Good to see there are true Royals fans out there still! By the way Arias another crappy OBP guy, awesome! The remake of Willie B, but hits even less! Dayton is a good GM just still learning that FA market is not the way to go! Trades, and building a strong Minor League system are the ticket! Look what the Rangers did the overpriced New York Babies! That roster was built on trades and minor league system!

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          Absolutley. Soon the Royals will be in October based on their system and I’m as true of a Royals fan as Royals fans get.

          • RoyalBlue 5 years ago

            I am with ya Span… this is how you get guys like Soria; you have to take a shot and see if pans out… That’s all the Royals are doing with this guy…I like the move if doesnt work well at least we dont have to overpay for a guy out of FA that might not produce…I really dont have to point out all the bad FA’s we have had here do I…

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Alex Gordon will have a breakout year in ’11 as well.

      I love the Royals so much and am so excited for them!!!!!

    • mrmet128 5 years ago

      i think Jeff will probably be non-tendered.

  13. RoyalsandCubs 5 years ago

    Dayton Moore has been wanting Francouer for years and nothing about that has changed. Moore will either trade DeJesus and use Jeff in right or put DeJesus in center and Jeff in right. Moore’s obsession with watching Francouer is that of a stalker as he watches his victim. I don’t know why he likes him so much, but he does. He will finally be in KC in 2011 as another fill in until the “future” comes. Now that we have Arias, we will probably win 130 games in 2011. LOL.

  14. This is actually a very good gamble, and insurance for a few things. First of all Bianchi should be in AAA, with Colon in AA. But Bianchi may not be 100% yet. Arias stands as a viable ML reserve, and great defense at SS in AAA to backup our young and fragile Pitching prospects who will spend a good chunk of the year there.
    Arias was signed at 16, and has moved up a level every year. He’s had good offensive years, and not so good others, but progresses until being injured in 2007. in 2009 he had 500 AB’s of productive ball, before a ML callup. He hasn’t played enough ML ball yet, at 6’1 170, could do some changing for the better. Betancourt and Betemit should be good influences on him.

  15. Not that it’s a monumental move, but I don’t think it was completely necessary for the Mets to do this.

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