Emause was a Rule 5 draftee who made the New York Mets' Opening Day roster, but he struggled early, and the club offered him back to the Blue Jays after he cleared waivers. The Blue Jays had apparently made organizational peace with Emaus's departure, trading him to the Rockies when they couldn't find a spot for him.
Malone is a 28-year-old reliever who was in the Dodgers' organization before joining the Rockies, and he has also spent a little time in the independent Golden Baseball League. He has been primarily a reliever over his minor league career, with a career minor league ERA of 4.78 in 446 innings, and a K/BB ratio of 380/168.
After just 42 plate appearances, the New York Mets decided to designate second baseman Brad Emaus for assignment. The Mets will now have to trade him or waive him, and as a Rule 5 pick, he will have to be offered back to the Toronto Blue Jays for $25,000 if he clears waivers.
Emaus had a rough start to the year, hitting like a pitcher and committing a brutal flub on a double play attempt that cost the Mets five runs.
To replace Emaus on the roster, the Mets recalled Justin Turner, a 26-year-old utility infielder who showed a little pop in AAA last year for the first time in his career. The Mets have been starting Daniel Murphy at second lately, and it would figure that he would have a leg up on the starting job.
The Mets were originally considering giving the second-base job to incumbent Luis Castillo in the spring, but they instead chose to eat a substantial amount of money to make sure Castillo didn't play for them.