The New York Mets need to address their catching situation this winter. Unfortunately, the free agent market doesn’t have too many credible names for them to consider.
Wilson Ramos has fallen out of favor with me. The original deal that brought him to the New York Mets felt underappreciated in 2019. His lack of hitting, continued poor defense, and aging body all have me concerned it’s time for the Mets to move on.
This offseason, the team will have a chance to decide on Ramos’ future with the team. Do they pick up his player option or move on from the veteran backstop?
I’m sure as we get closer to the offseason, Rising Apple will cover more available options to potential holes that open up on the roster. In the meantime, let’s start with the free agency catcher options the Mets should explore.
Mets free agent catcher candidate – J.T. Realmuto
The best free agent catcher this offseason is J.T. Realmuto. If you’re even slightly familiar with the game of baseball, you know his name.
Realmuto is a longtime National League East rival of the Mets. He spent the first years of his career building up this reputation with the Miami Marlins and has been doing it with the Philadelphia Phillies the last two.
Realmuto is a dream free agent candidate for the Mets. He can hit and play defense. There’s really nothing negative to say about his current abilities.
The only negative would be that he has played so much in his career that there may be concern about an injury eventually catching up with him. I don’t see why this would be a bigger concern for him over anyone else.
Some more good news; Realmuto is a former client of Brodie Van Wagenen’s. We all know how much BVW adores his ex-clients which could very well mean Realmuto ends up in the Big Apple riding the 7-Line to the games.
I would personally prefer the Mets spend to upgrade at another position with the price tag Realmuto will command. However, you won’t catch me crying if he ends up wearing blue and orange.