03/29/08 10:11 PM ET
Masset more than happy to be No. 25
Reliever gets good news from reporters in Memphis
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
The manner in which the news was delivered didn't lessen the excitement for the right-hander.
"All right," said Masset with a smile. "Yes, I'm pumped. I had no idea."
Ozzie Guillen had announced the team's final move after the Mets' 3-2 victory, with Masset getting the nod over Ehren Wassermann for the honor of 25th man. Masset had a 7.06 ERA over 21 2/3 innings this spring, compared to Wassermann's 3.09 ERA in 11 2/3 innings.
Wasserman was the second-most effective reliever for the White Sox in 2007 behind closer Bobby Jenks, while Masset did not even earn a September callup. But Masset can serve as the team's long reliever, or as a sixth starter if necessary, and he also is out of options.
If the White Sox selected Wasserman, there was a good chance they would lose Masset.
"We couldn't take the chance and gamble that way," Guillen said. "We have to look at the long shot, 162 games, even though Wassermann outperformed him. We know what [Masset] has, just in case something happens.
"I'm not afraid to bring Wassermann back. I know what we can get. He performed well, and that's a tough one for me. He did so great, but he was caught up in the same situation like [Josh] Fields.
"It is what it is," Guillen added. "He did everything in his power to be here, and it was another tough decision."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.