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NY Mets: 3 players who stepped up in 2021 but are best suited in a part-time role

Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jonathan Villar (1) waits on deck against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jonathan Villar (1) waits on deck against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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May 21, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) throws to second base against the Miami Marlins during the eighth inning at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tomas Nido is not going to replace James McCann after all

The contrast between backup catcher Tomas Nido and starter James McCann earlier this year was nuts. Nido was hitting well while McCann began the 2021 campaign as a bust. Things turned as soon as McCann began to play some first base. Now, the two are much closer in numbers with McCann slightly outperforming Nido.

Fans were quick to demand a change on a more permanent basis behind the plate. The more Nido has played of late, the more we have seen his weaknesses with the bat. While he does occasionally come up with a clutch hit, he’s not really ready to take over the starter gig.

However, something I do agree with is giving him a little more playing time. Paired with McCann, a guy who has traditionally not played a whole lot as a catcher and may need a little more rest, I do think the Mets can get a good performance from this duo.

We have seen flashy moments from Nido in the past. A solid defender and respected game-caller, it does make sense to give him more playing time than your average backup at the position.

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Moving him ahead of McCann on the depth chart remains a reactionary maneuver we shouldn’t get behind. More capable than some believed yet not quite starter material, take pride in knowing the Mets may have a nice tandem.

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