Showing posts with label 2012 Backup Catcher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Backup Catcher. Show all posts

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Rumor Mill: Reyes, Posada, Varitek

Latest Mets Rumors through the blogosphere:
  • The Mets would offer Jose Reyes $80MM for five years, but would not guarantee a six or seven-year contract.
  • Jorge Posada inquired with the Mets about a job and heard the team wasn't interested, according to Heyman. However, agent Seth Levinson told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that "there is no truth to that report. None" (Twitter link).
  • The Mets and Orioles are among the teams showing interest in Jason Varitek, Heyman writes. The Orioles are definitely looking for backup catching help, but it appeared earlier in the week that they were uninterested in Varitek. GM Dan Duquette favors players who could catch every day if necessary.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mets unhappy with Catcher Ronny Paulino, look to fill his shoes

The Mets are not happy with backup catcher Ronny Paulino as Andy Martino of the NY Daily News indicated there was a riff between Paulino and Terry Collins at times. There was also a lack of work ethic as team officials put it.

According to Martino, team insiders say Josh Thole would catch about 60% of games, and a veteran acquisition would handle the remaining 40%.

With last year’s so-so rotation set to return largely intact, and with young arms like Bobby Parnell, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee still learning the league, a veteran catcher might be the best way to improve the pitching.

“He was supposed to hit for power, and all he did was hit singles,” said one Mets official of Paulino, who hit two home runs in 2011, and slugged just .351. “(Mike) Nickeas could do that, and he would be much better defensively."

Nickeas, 28, is universally regarded as a superb defender, and as recently as September the team was comfortable with the notion of replacing Paulino with him in 2012. But Nickeas’ .189 average in 53 at-bats in 2011 reminded the Mets of their concerns about his hitting, and prompted some club officials to push for an outside solution.

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