Mets may be eyeing Giants' Aurilia

Mets may be eyeing Giants' Aurilia

SAN FRANCISCO -- Any players the Giants placed on waivers last Friday can officially be claimed by other teams Tuesday.

It's likely Rich Aurilia was one of the first players San Francisco submitted -- clubs can place a maximum of seven players on waivers every day. A free agent after this season, Aurilia is owed an affordable $1.5 million for the remainder of the year and currently is batting .281 with eight home runs.

A source said the Mets, losers of four straight entering Tuesday night, were interested in acquiring the veteran infielder to use as a right-handed batter off the bench.

Aurilia wasn't atop the Mets' wish list before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the source said, but now he's among the players that could help them in the contentious National League East, where the Mets are in third place, three games behind Philadelphia. A savvy utility man off the bench could provide the surge New York needs to make a playoff push.

The Giants likely wouldn't mind dumping Aurilia's salary, considering he recently was relegated to bench duty in an effort to get the club's younger players more at-bats.

After starting most games in April, May and June, Aurilia was used as a sub in three of the Giants' past four games. Manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean want to give rookie infielders Emmanuel Burriss and Ivan Ochoa more playing time.

David Biderman is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.