With another remaining year of Wilson Ramos, he of the middling bad and horrendous glove, the Mets need to figure out how best to fill in the inevitable off-days required for a 32 year old with the agility of your grandma’s best friend Agnes.
While the team is assuredly thrilled at the prospect of dipping into into the coffers to bring in the kind of catcher who could hold down the spot long term in case of injury, they will most likely start by considering internal names and, in this three-part look at the Mets’ options, so will we.
Throughout his professional career, Tomas Nido has been the kind of glove-first catcher who’s a shoo-in for a solid major league backup if he can hit at all. And there’s the rub: he can’t hit at all. Across three seasons, Nido has amassed 244 plate appearances with a .187/.222/.291 batting line and his 2019 wRC+ of 40 ranked fifth worst in baseball among catchers with at least 100 plate appearances. And while there’s room for growth for any 25 year old, especially catchers who are notoriously late-blooming, his .682 minor league OPS with no notable offensive tools renders that development relatively improbable.