Ruben A. Gotay (/ɡoʊˈtaɪ/ goh-TY; born December 25, 1982) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball infielder for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He played in Major League Baseball from 2004 to 2008 with the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves.
Gotay made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals on August 4, 2004, when they played the Chicago White Sox. He went 1-for-3 and got his first major league hit off José Contreras. Gotay played in 44 games for the Royals in 2004. He hit .270 with one home run and 16 RBI. In 2005, Gotay made the Royals' opening day roster and played in 86 major league games. He batted .227 with five home runs and 29 RBI.
Gotay spent the entire 2006 season in the minor leagues.
He was traded to the New York Mets for prospect Jeff Keppinger on July 19, 2006.
Gotay was designated for assignment by the Mets to make room on the 40-man roster for Chan Ho Park in February 2007.
Gotay cleared waivers and was assigned outright to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Pacific Coast League on February 16, 2007 but was brought back to the major league club on April 30, 2007, after an injury to José Valentín. On May 9, 2007, Gotay hit his first home run as a Met off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Morris, the ball barely clearing the high right field wall at AT&T Park. On March 27, 2008, Gotay was placed on waivers by the Mets.
Gotay was claimed off waivers from the Mets on March 28, 2008, and hit his first home run for Atlanta on June 21. Gotay occasionally pinch hit, but rarely started for the Braves.
In February 2009, Gotay signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
On April 4, 2009, Gotay's contract was sold to the Arizona Diamondbacks and was assigned to Triple-A Reno. In November 2009 Gotay Filed For Free Agency.
On November 30, 2009, Gotay signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals with an invitation to Spring training.
On December 2, 2010, Gotay signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins. He was later released by the Florida Marlins.
Gotay signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves on June 19, 2011.
Gotay was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays on March 14, 2012.
Gotay signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds on December 18, 2013. He became a free agent after the 2014 season.
On April 3, 2015, Gotay signed with the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican Baseball League. He was released on April 16, 2015. He signed with them again on April 1, 2016. He was released on April 7, 2016.
On May 16, 2016, Gotay signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
His uncle is former major leaguer Julio Gotay. Gotay played little league in Fajardo Puerto Rico where his father Rubén Gotay was the head coach of the Pumas.