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Mets catcher options to explore in free agency this winter

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets fields the ball against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on August 11, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets fields the ball against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on August 11, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 01: Catchers mit on field before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on July 1, 2011 in Washington DC. The Washington Nationals won 2-1. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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Realmuto and McCann aren’t the only free agent catchers this winter. However, they are the only two I would have any interest in.

I’ve been checking the numbers regularly of the other dozen men or so set to hit the open market. None of them are getting me interested.

There are a few reasons why. Many of the free agent catchers are already into their mid-30s. This isn’t the worst thing to do for a year or two if the backstop can give the team some stability on defense and call a good game. While the Mets can certainly go that route, I cannot condone it.

Familiar names like Jason Castro, Francisco Cervelli, and Kurt Suzuki are free agents after 2020 yet all are in what I consider “TV dad age.” I grew up thinking dads were around 34 years of age or older because of all of the shows I watched. I don’t want my catcher in this age range. I want someone younger, fresher, and ready to give the team a few years of service.

Worse than the age is how poorly many of these catchers have hit throughout their career and even recently. I wouldn’t put too much stock into anyone having an atypically awesome 2020 season because of how short things are.

Taking everything into account, there isn’t an attractive enough catcher out there for the Mets to add aside from Realmuto and McCann.

I do think the Mets will make some kind of a major change behind the plate this winter via free agency or trade. Do they go big with Realmuto, smaller with McCann, or give us the spin and sign a guy with a career .230 batting average?

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