Entering the offseason, it was crucial for the New York Mets to figure out the future of the catching position. Over the past decade, it has been a revolving door and one that never had a true stud at the position.
Josh Thole and John Buck were never multi-year solutions. Travis d’Arnaud on the other hand was supposed to be. That is, until injuries and inconsistent play while in a Mets uniform led to his eventual departure.
Then came the aging “Buffalo” Wilson Ramos. He posted a fantastic 2019 campaign, only to fall flat in 2020.
In reality, the last time the Mets had a definitive answer at the catching position was back when Mike Piazza was with the team. And he last played in 2005.
Again, this year it was time for a change. Yes, the Mets skipped out on J.T. Realmuto – the best catcher in all of baseball. However, James McCann is certainly no scrub.
With the Mets having signed James McCann, the team appears to be set for years to come at the catcher position.
As a matter of fact, McCann being New York’s primary free agent catching target may have shined light as to owner Steve Cohen and executive Sandy Alderson’s big picture plan for the position.
No, it does not mean a continuing revolving door at the position. Nor does it involve dealing the entire farm system for a solution. Instead, it is all about what Cohen and Alderson have echoed all offseason, winning now and in the future.
That being said, let’s take a look at how the Amazins’ catching situation shapes up throughout the entire organization for the future…