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New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco is a trade chip to shop

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Devin Mesoraco #29 of the New York Mets hits a single to left field in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on June 1, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Devin Mesoraco #29 of the New York Mets hits a single to left field in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on June 1, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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Devin Mesoraco’s time with the New York Mets may not last beyond this summer. He has become one of the organization’s best trade chips.

I love New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco as much as the next guy who couldn’t stand the Jose Lobaton/Tomas Nido platoon. Since joining the Mets, the catcher position has had some life. The defense is better, the starting pitchers have improved, and there is an upgrade in the starting lineup.

Mesoraco is far from an All-Star. He’s a good player nonetheless. He’s also a warm body the Mets should consider shopping at this year’s trade deadline.

There aren’t many untouchable players on the roster theis team wouldn’t think about moving. All of those men on expiring contracts are serious trade considerations. This includes the guy who stopped the bleeding behind the plate, Mesoraco.

When the Mets landed Mesoraco in the Matt Harvey trade, it looked like this team had a chance to do some serious damage. They finished April on a weak note but had the chance to get back to winning regularly.

Sadly, they never did. The Mets have been horrible since the 11-1 start. As we saw, this team had many more problems than just the one at catcher.

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I would be on board with signing Mesoraco to an extension. Although, the better option is to trade him and see if he would have any interest in returning next season.

Mesoraco is a platoon player at best. If paired with the right bat, I could see him performing well for the Mets next season and beyond.

Plenty of teams could use a catching upgrade. Those without a star at the position may see Mesoraco as a way to at least improve the backup position.

The Boston Red Sox, for instance, have gotten very little production from their catchers this season. I don’t think they would make a trade for a top catcher but could realistically see Mesoraco as a boost to the lineup.

Obviously, the asking price for Mesoraco is something any team could afford. Even if it means adding a Double-A player with some upside, it’s worth examining. Otherwise, they risk losing him for nothing at all.

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As painful as it would be to see Kevin Plawecki and Nido for the rest of 2018, the season is finished. Let’s see what they can do with ample playing time to give a better picture of what’s needed for 2019.

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