New Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has spent his first week on the job tending to various administrative matters, and on Thursday, he pared the team's 40-man roster down to 34 players.
The Mets announced that the Royals have claimed infielder Joaquin Arias off waivers, ending his brief stint with New York. Arias, 26, was 6-for-30 after the Mets acquired him from the Rangers for outfielder Jeff Francoeur in September.
The Mets also outrighted right-hander Eddie Kunz, lefty Raul Valdes, third baseman Mike Hessman, outfielder Jesus Feliciano and catcher Omir Santos to Triple-A Buffalo, removing them from the 40-man roster. All but Kunz spent time on the active roster last season.