The Mets have claimed infielder Gosuke Katoh off waivers from the Blue Jays, according to an announcement from Toronto. The Mets had a vacancy on the 40-man roster and immediately optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.
Katoh, 27, signed a minor league deal with the Jays over the offseason. A nine-year minor league veteran, he got his first big league opportunity when Toronto selected him to break camp with the MLB club. That proved a brief stay, as Katoh was optioned to Triple-A before appearing in a game. He was quickly recalled thereafter and got into his first eight contents, collecting a double and three walks with just one strikeout in 11 plate appearances.
The Jays designated Katoh for assignment on Wednesday when the need for another pitcher arose. They’ll lose him to the Mets, who add a versatile defender with a solid Triple-A track record to the organization. The left-handed hitting Katoh has a .292/.383/.457 line in a bit more than 700 career Triple-A plate appearances. He’s walked in a robust 12.3% of his trips to the dish at the top rung of the minor league ladder.