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Catcher Costes into new job

Mar 30, 2010, 4:35 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. — As Chris Coste unpacked his equipment bag inside the clubhouse at Roger Dean Stadium this morning, it was immediately clear to even a casual observer that he looked a bit out of sorts.

His royal blue Mets bag stood out like a sore thumb among all the other navy blue Nationals bags. Same for his catcher's mask. A steady stream of teammates, coaches and trainers made their way up to the 37-year-old to introduce themselves and welcome Coste to the organization.

Uncomfortable or not, Coste is simply glad to have this new opportunity.

"I haven't had a chance to really communicate with the Nationals about what the opportunity is going to be," he said. "But whatever it is, it's already better than what it was yesterday with the Mets. Whatever the situation is, it's going to be positive."

Two days ago, Coste was placed on waivers by the Mets. Yesterday, the Nationals claimed him. Today, he's in a Washington uniform, wearing No. 18 and expecting to catch at least a few innings against the Marlins.

The former Phillie, Astro and Met will only be with the Nationals for a few days. He's likely to open the season at Class AAA Syracuse, but a promotion to Washington is only a phone call away.

"Yeah, I don't really have much of a choice in that," Coste said. "I would [have no problem reporting to Syracuse] simply because if I'm the next guy in line, that's not such a bad position to be in. At 37, toRead more »

  1. Sam - Mar 30, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    He seems like a cool guy.Mark, these types of stories really put into perspective the fact that player movement is more than just writing a name on a different roster. These players have to move their home and family and essentially make completely new friends. It's really a big deal. Thank you for giving us that inside look.

  2. Anonymous - Mar 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Sounds like the kind of guy we need around for insurance. Wish him the best.

  3. bdrube - Mar 30, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Dude wrote a book. That's very cool. I'm glad we got him.





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