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What could the Mets' solution be at catcher?

Category: Mets Batters Written by MetsNews / May 9, 2018

What could the Mets' solution be at catcher?

The Mets’ catching situation, with Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton in for Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, is untenable

The problem is that I don’t see a solution. I think the situation is what it is…

D’Arnaud is gone for the season, so he’s no longer an option. And the best case scenario for Plawecki is that he’s at least two weeks away from being behind the plate in a game for the Mets. He is making progress, as Sandy Alderson explained to reporters last week. But Plawecki still has to regain his full grip on the bat and ball and also will likely do a rehab assignment. 

It’s nice to demand Alderson make a trade or fantasize about acquiring a significantly better backstop, such as J.T. Realmuto, Jonathan Lucroy or Wilson Ramos. But, that deal is nearly impossible to make this time of year, 1) because those teams have yet to open that door, 2) other teams will be interested and may pay more later, and 3) these teams know how desperate the Mets are to get someone, so the asking price is probably through the roof.

The other thing is that, even if the Mets acquired one of the above three catchers, it would likely do nothing to instill confidence and flow to the battery because the new guy would be way behind and need to learn the staff, ballpark, coaching staff, and possibly even every opposing hitter. 

According to SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino, Rangers assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen is encouraging his team to acquire Matt Harvey, who was designed for assignment and must be traded or become a free agent by the end of this week.

I suppose an opportunity could exist in trading Harvey for Rangers catchers Robinson Chirinos or Isiah Kiner-Falefa, but each would only add power and a learning curve because neither has ever played in the National League nor know the Mets.

Frankly, the only catcher in the league that might instantly help is Rene Rivera, who did a nice job for the Mets the previous two seasons.

Rivera, 34, signed a one-year, $2.8 million deal to be the backup catcher for the Angels, who are 21-13. However, their starting catcher, Martín Maldonado, is only hitting .213 with one home run, so I highly doubt Los Angeles is willing to clip Rivera. Although, swapping him for Harvey and Nido might make some short- and long-term sense for them…

In either case, if Alderson truly believes Plawecki can be back with 100 games to play, he isn’t going to trade a prospect and/or big-league talent to get some one else’s backup.

So, again, unfortunately, I think the currently situation is what it is…

The goods news is that, despite aiming the ball, being out of rhythm and seeing a lack of swings and misses, Syndergaard did a really nice job grinding his way through Sunday’s start. 

In the third inning, with the bases loaded and no one out, he ended up walking in a run. However, he quickly abandoned his fastball, went to his slider, and got a strikeout and inning-ending double play. Sure, a run had scored, but he limited the damage and ‘commanded his inning,’ which is the unspoken quality of a true ace. 

In other words, there is hope that the status quo can work out, especially when Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are on the mound. However, it’s during moments when the bullpen, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Jason Vargas are pitching that I’m mostly concerned. I don’t know how it happens, but — if Alderson is not going to add a familiar-face catcher — manager Mickey Callaway, pitching coach Dave Eiland, and catching instructor Glenn Sherlock need to find a way to get these men to make quicker, more effective adjustments and trust eachother more in the process…

In the end, if the Mets never get their act together, keep losing and flame out by August, fans and media will look back and point to a lot of possible reasons for their fall. If that happens, I’ll be pointing to the catching situation, because it’s always more important than people think…

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Published at Tue, 08 May 2018 17:07:44 +0000

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