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Heyman | Why aren’t Mets addressing catcher situation?

Jon Heyman



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The New York Mets did a great job adding key pieces over the winter. But to this point, they have been oddly unaggressive in addressing the catching situation.

It isn’t easy to make a good trade this early in the season, and that’s especially true when other teams sense desperation. But the Mets haven’t seemed as desperate as they should be.

Rival executives suggest they don’t have enough to make a serious run at Marlins star catcher J.T. Realmuto (the suggestion of Michael Conforto in this space two weeks ago didn’t go over big, so how about Brandon Nimmo plus others?), and it’s possible the Marlins may not be anxious to trade him after their ownership made such a point out of suggesting they aren’t taking and could actually contend (though everyone knows they can’t contend).

The other choices aren’t nearly as exciting – though they’d certainly be upgrades. The Met may not want to take on Wilson Ramos’ high salary. Word is the Diamondbacks don’t wish to break up their trio of Alex Avila, Jeff Mathis and John Ryan Murphy. And when someone suggested to the Indians that Yan Gomes or Roberto Perez might help the Mets, one Indians person is said to have retorted, “We’re not a farm team for the Mets.”

In the meantime, the Mets are trying to get by with journeyman Jose Lobaton and recently promoted rookie Tomas Nido, who are struggling on both sides of the ball. The hope is that Kevin Plawecki will be back in a couple weeks. But the reality is that he is unproven, too, and is no certain answer.

It might behoove the Mets to at least sign one of the remaining free agent catchers: one of Miguel Montero, Geovany Soto, Ryan Hanigan or Carlos Ruiz. They can’t be any worse.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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  1. jan labij

    May 10, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    I would think that Jonathan Lucroy would be a good fit. I think Miguel Montero is past his sell by date. Good reciever, but poor arm. A Mendoza line hitter. Not the best attitude. Victor Caratini, the Cubs backup would be good for them, but they’d have to pony up some real talant to get him. He’d be the Cubs everyday catcher except for a guy named Willson Contreras.

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