The Mets announced Wednesday that they’ve released infielder Sam Haggerty, who’d been designated for assignment last month to open roster space for right-hander Dellin Betances. Clubs typically must resolve a player’s DFA status within seven days, but as was the case with the Tigers and Brandon Dixon earlier today, it seems that the holidays delayed the resolution of this particular DFA.
As MetsMerized’s Jacob Resnick points out (Twitter link), because Haggerty was selected to the 40-man roster after Aug. 15 and would’ve been Rule 5-eligible, he wasn’t able to be outrighted off the Mets’ roster. He’ll now have the opportunity to talk with other clubs as a result of that technicality, but it’s certainly plausible that he’ll return to the Mets on a new minor league pact.
The 25-year-old Haggerty saw his first MLB action this past season but appeared in only 11 games and tallied only four plate appearances. A 24th-round pick by the Indians back in 2015, he came to the Mets alongside Walker Lockett last winter in the trade that sent catcher Kevin Plawecki to the Indians.
Haggerty has played primarily second base in the minors but has experience all over the infield and outfield as well. He’s a .250/.371/.378 hitter in 155 games of Double-A ball and has batted .271/.358/.424 in a much smaller sample of 19 games in Triple-A.