The New York Metropolitans inked former Phillie Chris Coste on Monday. Coste will be guaranteed a spot on the organization's 40-man roster, though not the Major League 25-man roster. Reports state that Coste must pass a physical before the contract is final.
In four seasons with Philadelphia, Coste hit .282 with a .779 OPS in 256 games. Coste was placed on waivers and claimed by Houston last July.
Coste will join former Trenton Thunder standout Omir Santos as back stops for the Metropolitans.
Initially I was saddened by this news. I loved Coste's life story of sticking around and putting forth maximum effort in minor league baseball long enough to finally make the Major Leagues, as a rookie, at age 33, and as a result, I began to adopt Coste as one of my favorite Phillies. But, after considering where Coste is heading, I'm truly just sad for him. I am sorry, Costie. For now, you are no longer my dude.
John R. Finger's article for CSNPhilly.com might give some Phillies phans a smirk (and some Metropolitans fans a whole lot of displeasure). In the article, Finger quotes Chris Coste as saying, "I never wanted to leave Philadelphia, I will always consider myself a Phillie." Read that article here.
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