Why the Mets Promoted Johnny Monell
The Mets have promoted catcher Johnny Monell from AAA Las Vegas. Does anyone know why?
Adding Monell gives the Mets three catchers on a short bench — assuming that one of either Kirk Nieuwenhuis or Eric Campbell is sent down to the minors. Or, will the Mets demote a pitcher — maybe Erik Goeddel? We’ll know soon, but at the moment, the move is a bit of a head scratcher, assuming we can believe the Mets when they insist they will be carrying three catchers and not making any trades.
If Captain Kirk is sent down, the only true backup outfielder is John Mayberry, Jr. Maybe the Mets are comfortable with Eric Campbell as the fifth outfielder, though it doesn’t give them much flexibility to make lineup changes and add defensive replacements late in games. It does, however, give them the option of using the red-hot Monell or the long-ball potential of Anthony Recker as pinch-hitters. Recker, Monell, and Kevin Plawecki have all played a bit of first base in the minors, but I don’t see any of the three being used there as long as Lucas Duda, Michael Cuddyer, and Mayberry are all around.
What will the Mets need most against the Orioles and Phillies this week — extra arms or extra bats? The more one looks at this situation, the more it seems possible that the Mets will hang on to the bats and send down Goeddel.
What do you make of this promotion, and who do you think will be demoted, and why?