The Mets could still trade Omar Narvaez
The Mets recently made it known they'd be willing to listen to offers on catcher Omar Narvaez. With Tomas Nido sitting in the minors making over $2 million as the obvious backup replacement, Narvaez is redundant on a roster where Francisco Alvarez will get the bulk of the playing time.
Rising Apple's Josue De Jesus attempted to find a trade for Narvaez only to come away with the conclusion that there aren't too many great matches other than the Tampa Bay Rays. Regardless of where the Mets send him, they're going to be stuck paying most of his 2024 contract.
The original thought for Narvaez seemed to be that the team could bridge the 2023 season until Alvarez was deemed ready. His early season injury pushed Alvarez to the majors much quicker than expected. By 2024, the Mets were going to be in a pickle in one way or another. They had already signed Nido to his extension. Perhaps they were hoping Narvaez would have such a good year in 2023 that he’d opt out.
In either case, Stearns has inherited a pricy backup catcher he traded for in the past and could now trade away if he can find a taker.