New York Mets Free Agent Profile: Yadier Molina

At the age of 38, Yadier Molina is still performing at a sustainable rate. The New York Mets are desperate for a catcher, so why not go after Molina? Here are the pros and cons:

Yadier Molina to the Mets?

What team wouldn’t want a nine-time All-Star in their lineup? Molina isn’t just a nine-time All-Star, but he is also a nine-time Gold Glover, two-time World Series champ, and a four-time Platinum Glove winner. Even though Molina is coming close to retirement, he is still putting up good enough numbers to be a starting catcher for the Mets, but nothing better than what Ramos put up.

The Mets have one thing in mind when it comes to catcher: Get a catcher that will do better than Wilson Ramos did. But with Molina declining, there may not be any improvement at catcher. As bad as Ramos played in 2020, Molina didn’t do any better. Ramos had a 0.2 fWAR, but Molina had a 0.5 fWAR, both terrible numbers. Also, Molina finished last season with an 82 wRC+ a year after posting an 87 wRC+, both lower than Wilson Ramos’s 2020 wRC+ of 89. It’s hard to see how Molina would represent an upgrade over Ramos, or even a better everyday option than Tomás Nido.

Better Options at Catcher

J.T Realmuto is the best option at catcher for the Mets. While he is looking to become the highest-paid catcher, the money is worth it. Realmuto is a star both offensively and defensively. If the Mets fail to land Realmuto, signing Molina won’t be a bad choice, but it won’t be great once again. He likely won’t be worse than Ramos, but it’s hard to see how he’ll be much better.

If the Mets choose to go a different path rather than signing Realmuto and Molina, they can go with a catcher such as Mike Zunino, James McCann, Kurt Suzuki, or even Jason Castro. Molina and Realmuto are the only big names out there, but that doesn’t mean other catchers can’t make an impact. Kurt Suzuki was decent on the Nationals last year. He makes crucial hits when needed. Add on the fact that he is a former All-Star and World Series champ. James McCann was the backup behind Yasmani Grandal for the White Sox last year. He hit .289 with a .896 OPS, both career bests. He also hit seven homers and drove in 15 runs. These stats are impressive considering McCann was a backup behind a top catcher in Yasmani Grandal.

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