Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mets move on without Ronny Paulino and Mike Baxter


Last night I posted that the Mets were weighing their last minute options on Ronny Paulino, it seems they came up with the answer...

The Mets non tendered Paulino and Queens Native OF Mike Baxter.

The team did offer arbitration to starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, outfielder Andres Torres and relievers Ramon Ramirez and Manny Acosta.

In non-tendering Paulino, the Mets shed his $1.3 million salary (plus a small potential raise through arbitration), allowing them perhaps to expand their budget for pitching and bench upgrades. Without Paulino, the team will almost certainly proceed with Josh Thole and defensive expert Mike Nickeas as its Opening Day catchers; given this year's thin catching market, it is unlikely that the Mets would cut Paulino, then turn around and sign another free agent for similar money.
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