The Mets are certainly serious about depth under their new General Manager.
Devin Mesoraco, who was the Mets’ starting catcher for most of 2018, was just offered a minor league deal for 2019 with an invite to spring training.
Mesoraco was acquired last season in a deal which sent Matt Harvey to Cincinnati, after Kevin Plawecki and Travis d’Arnaud suffered injuries. Mesoraco wasn’t particularly good for the Mets, but was an upgrade over José Lobaton and Tomas Nido.
Mesoraco’s overall 2018 numbers (220/309/406) aren’t that impressive, though his 10 homeruns in just over 200 plate appearances is intriguing.
Mesoraco offered average defense behind the plate for the Mets last year. He also caught 21 of 25 Jacob deGrom starts in his Cy Young Award winning season.
I like it.
Mesoraco has the pedigree. He was a blue chip prospect, and one of the game’s best catchers before he was derailed by injury.
In years past this would be the move. “Mets Sign Devin Mesoraco.” And we would go into 2019 with him as the starting catcher.
This time around he’ll be Triple A depth. With the injury history of Wilson Ramos and Travis d’Arnaud, it’s depth we may need. But it’s depth nonetheless.
Good job Brodie.