Nationals Claim Catcher Chris Coste Off Waivers from Mets

The Washington Nationals today claimed catcher Chris Coste off waivers from the New York Mets. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Coste, who will join the Nationals' big league camp, batted .308 (4-for-13) with two doubles and one RBI in 10 spring training contests with the Mets. The 37-year-old appeared in 88 games last season with the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros, and has posted a career .272 batting average with 47 doubles, 23 home runs and 108 RBI over the last four seasons (2006-09). During his rookie campaign with the Phillies in '06, Coste batted .328 with a .376 on-base percentage and .505 slugging percentage. He posted 14 doubles, seven home runs and 32 RBI in 65 games that season.

The Nationals currently have 37 players in big league camp.