The New York Mets are currently without a starting-caliber catcher after declining options on Wilson Ramos and Robinson Chirinos this offseason. The Mets now turn their focus to signing a catcher this offseason. But, how badly would it hurt the Mets if they don’t upgrade at catcher this offseason? Is Tomas Nido going to help the Mets?
The Mets are looking to spend the most money in the majors this offseason. If they don’t upgrade at catcher, they save a lot of money that can be used to make a splash for Trevor Bauer, George Springer, or even DJ LeMahieu. But of course, having a starting catcher is very valuable.
Tomas Nido who was the Mets backup catcher for the last few seasons is still on the roster. If the season started today, he would be their starting catcher. In 2019, Nido had 144 plate appearances with a .191 average and .231 OBP. Defensively, Nido allowed 34 stolen bases and only caught 4 stealing. These stolen base numbers can give Met fans a headache, especially if you thought Ramos was bad at throwing out runners. The Mets also have catchers Ali Sanchez and Patrick Mazeika on the roster. With Nido’s offensive and defensive numbers and the inexperience from Sanchez and Mazeika, the catcher position can prevent the Mets from making the playoffs.
So Who Do The Mets Sign?
If the Mets need to sign a catcher, they better do it right now. Luckily, the number one catcher in the MLB happens to be a Free Agent. His name is J.T Realmuto, an elite catcher both offensively and defensively. Realmuto is looking to become the highest-paid catcher in the MLB and is searching for a long time deal. Steve Cohen and the Mets have the money to sign Realmuto, but they can go a cheaper direction. James McCann is available, and the Mets are actually in heavy talks with him. Whatever does happen this offseason though, needs to include upgrading at catcher. Tomas Nido is not just a player that won’t help a team, but he is the type of player that will bring a team down.