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Jose Lobaton D-

The Mets have already moved on from catcher Jose Lobaton, but why not give him a grade anyway? We can mail it to his house. Schools still do that, right?

When Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki went down with injuries, the Mets turned to Lobaton and rookie Tomas Nido. We suffered through the duo for several weeks at the Mets tried to patch things together behind the plate.

To call Lobaton’s time with the Mets atrocious is an understatement. He slashed only .152/.250/.239 in 52 trips to the plate. It was about what everyone expected from the journeyman backstop. Now jobless, Lobaton may want to leave his Mets tenure off of his resume should he hope to continue playing baseball.

Amazingly, his defensive WAR was even lower than the one he produced at the plate. Lobaton finished his Mets’ tenure with a -0.4 WAR behind the plate compared to a -0.2 WAR while batting.

For as bad as it was, it’s tough to give Lobaton an F. He gets a D- solely because of how little he was supposed to factor into the team’s success or failure. Since he was a warm body, Lobaton barely passes with a still pathetic D-.

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