Pedro Beato really can exhale now. He is destined to make it to the finish line of the season and officially become Mets property.
As a Rule 5 pick from the Baltimore Orioles during the winter meetings last December, Beato by rule had to stick on the Mets’ major league roster for the entire season in order to officially become a full-fledged member of the Mets.
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The Mets had drafted Beato and second baseman Brad Emaus in the Rule 5 draft last offseason at a cost of $50,000 apiece.
Emaus hit .162 in 37 April at-bats with the Mets, cleared Rule 5 waivers, then was offered back to Toronto, his former organization. The Blue Jays paid $25,000 to get him back, then immediately flipped him as a minor leaguer in a trade to the Colorado Rockies.
Beato will become the first Rule 5 pick to stick with the Mets through that process (with no trade involved) since catcher Kelly Stinnett in 1994.
Still, Beato actually said he has not exhaled yet.
Asked at what point he realized he was going to stick as a Met, Beato said: “It’s still not there. There’s always the possibility, so you always have to keep your guard up and keep battling to make sure that’s not an option.”
Meanwhile, the Mets may still lose a player in the Rule 5 draft. Hard-throwing Elvin Ramirez was selected by the Washington Nationals last December. He underwent shoulder surgery and will serve wire-to-wire on the disabled list. His Rule 5 status will carry over until next season. Ramirez will need to spend 90 non-September days on the Nats’ active major league roster to become their property, or he must be offered back to the Mets.