Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco is an ideal trade candidate for the Red Sox
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets could help the Boston Red Sox with some catcher help. Will we see Devin Mesoraco head to Beantown?
Just when you thought nobody’s catcher situation could be worse than what we saw earlier this year with the New York Mets, there’s the Boston Red Sox. Though dominant this year and trampling over almost everyone they face, the Red Sox need another option behind the plate.
Lucky for them, there’s a guy in New York named Devin Mesoraco on an expiring contract. Can these two teams strike a deal?
I won’t go into deep details about who they could get back from the Red Sox in a deal. Last year’s deal with the Boston which sent Addison Reed to Beantown landed them Gerson Bautista, Jamie Callahan, and Stephen Nogosek. What’s two say the Mets can’t get two guys of this same value? At least Bautista and Callahan have already pitched in the big leagues.
Mesoraco isn’t the kind of headline-grabbing trade candidate. At 30 with only one good year on his resume, he’s a role-player best suited around star players. It’s kind of a waste to see him on the Mets. Unless they intend to extend him before the season is through, why not see if you can deal him for something special?
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Through his first 38 games with the Mets (one more than Yoenis Cespedes has played, by the way) Mesoraco has slashed .241/.333/.457. The numbers won’t flip your world upside down. They can, at the very least, entice the Red Sox into viewing him as a guy who can help them out this season.
The Red Sox catchers have scuffled through 2018. Starter Christian Vazquez is currently injured, but hitting only .213/.247/.300 in 218 plate appearances. Back Sandy Leon hasn’t been much better, delivering a meager .250/.292/.391 batting line through his first 138 trips to the plate.
Boston could see what Swihart can do if given the chance. In a sense, he has been their Jose Reyes. There isn’t much use for him and they don’t seem willing to find out what he could possibly deliver.
This hints that they could be in the market to upgrade behind the dish.
We shouldn’t expect the Red Sox to go out and make a trade for J.T. Realmuto or any other big name catcher we hoped would land with the 2018 Mets. Instead, it’s someone of Mesoraco’s ilk which fits most with their temporary needs.
I expect the Mets to shop all of the upcoming free agents. In a league with so few notable catching options available, I fully expect them to find a taker for Mesoraco. Boston seems like the best destination for him, too.
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