A few weeks ago, Sandy Alderson said the Mets will seek a veteran backstop, as he is not convinced that Josh Thole can be an everyday catcher:
“We’re looking for more catching,” Alderson said. “I think it would be a little bit premature if I were to make a judgment on Thole without ever actually having seen him play.”
He wants to “see” Thole play? Can’t he just look at Thole’s numbers on Paul DePodesta’s computer? Weird.
Since then, though, manager Terry Collins announced that Thole would be the team’s #1 catcher in 2011.
Now I’m really confused; isn’t Collins supposed to be taking orders from above, and executing the plan set forth by Alderson?
Regardless of whether Thole is the starter, the Mets will need a second backstop — and presumably are in the market for a veteran. Even with Mike Nickeas and Omir Santos around, the Mets need some depth.
However, the free-agent pickings are slim; there are a total of 14 MLB catchers currently available. Let’s have a look at them.