It’s not often that we write about a minor league waiver claim, but this one just couldn’t go unmentioned. Today the New York Mets re-claimed RHP Chris Schwinden completing an unbelievable 35-day chain of events.
Schwinden, a 22nd-round pick of the Mets in the 2008 draft started four games for the Mets last year pitching 21 innings going 0-2 with a 4.71 ERA. Chris also pitched earlier this season for the Mets. In three games (two starts) over 8 2/3 innings he was 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA.
And he’s off…
- On June 2nd he was waived by the Mets and claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays.
- On June 6th he was released by the Blue Jays and claimed by the Cleveland Indians.
- On June 29th he was waived by the Indians and claimed by the New York Yankees.
- On June 5th he was waived by the Yankees and claimed by the Mets, AGAIN. He’s been optioned to AAA Buffalo.
Schwinden never did make it to The Show with any of the other clubs and should feel at home in Buffalo because he’s spent more time there this season than anywhere else as he had already started nine games for the Bisons before his grand tour of Triple-A began.
So what’s going on here? Why do teams want the 25-year old RHP so badly and then give up on him so quickly once they have him? And if the Mets wanted him, why did they give him up to begin with? We caught up with the 6’3” 215 pound Schwinden on the phone to find out why all the movement and he genuinely seemed to be as miffed as everyone else.
It will be interesting to keep tabs on this kid and what ultimately happens to him. Remember, the name is Chris Schwinden and he plays for the ________.