Mets Trade Rumors: Devin Mesoraco one of the most likely to be traded
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets trade rumors arrow has hit Devin Mesoraco. The veteran catcher could be the next to go.
Trade interest in New York Mets catcher is real. Your latest dose of Mets trade rumors from Mike Puma of the NY Post suggests the Mets catcher is even more likely to get traded than Zack Wheeler.
For the most part, all of the latest Mets trade rumors have been about Wheeler. The Asdrubal Cabrera deal came quickly. The Jeurys Familia trade was just as fast.
As the Mets look for the best package possible in a Wheeler deal, I expect them to move Mesoraco with less hesitation. The veteran backstop is on an expiring contract. While he has filled in well behind the plate for them this year, he’s someone they definitely need to shop hard.
The Boston Red Sox are still the team I see with the biggest need for Mesoraco. They are all in this year and desperately need an upgrade behind the plate.
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Mesoraco successfully went from the Cincinnati Reds to the Mets this season without any experience catching the latter team’s starters. When he first joined, he received rave reviews. I could see the same happening in Boston.
Superstitious general managers may think twice before acquiring Mesoraco. In games he has played this season, his teams are only 16-52. In his starts, they’re 16-36. The reason for this is because the Reds were one of the worst team in baseball this April. Since his trade, the Mets have taken over that title.
Mesoraco may feel a little holy to Mets fans who suffered through Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido for weeks. To the rest of baseball, he’s a backup catcher at best. This isn’t a problem.
Many squads could hope to secure a more seasoned number two backstop. The trade deadline isn’t just about adding top-tier talent. It’s also a time for contenders to get more depth on their roster.
If Puma is correct, we may soon see a lot more Kevin Plawecki behind the plate. I also wouldn’t rule out the Mets bringing Mesoraco back again next season although I could make that argument for all of the players they’ve traded this summer.
I would prefer a change in philosophy with this organization. The Jay Bruce sequel has scared me off from re-treads. It’s time to get some new blood.
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Which team do you think will end up with Mesoraco this summer?