Backup Catching Option
With Paul LoDuca to be serving a two-game suspension sometime soon, and the Mets in need of a solid righthanded bat with Moises Alou still missing, I have the ideal guy:
Go ahead, call me crazy. But the Royals may be shopping Sweeney, and he has said he’s willing to go back behind the dish. For the uninitiated, Mike Sweeney began his pro baseball career as a catcher — but hit so well it was silly to keep him back there.
Sweeney was quoted as saying,
“I’ve been talking to my agent,” Sweeney said, “and I’m thinking about becoming a catcher again.”
“It’s always been my passion. I still fool around and catch in the bullpen. I’m not a Gold Glover, but I think I know what I’m doing.”
Hmm … a very potent righty bat, a guy who can play first base and catch, and with his injury issues will come fairly cheap … I’m liking it …
The only glitch in the plan is that Sweeney was recently placed on the disabled list, and won’t be back until mid-July.
Still, he’d be a nice righty bat coming off the bench come September.