4 potential landing spots for Tomas Nido following his DFA by the Mets

Tomas Nido would be an upgrade on several MLB rosters over even more than the backups.
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Demand for recently DFA’d catcher Tomas Nido won’t be extreme. There is a reason why the New York Mets have given him this treatment in two straight seasons. He is what he is. A perfectly fine backup at times, this stint with the Mets in 2024 concludes with a .229/.261/.361 slash line and 3 home runs in 90 plate appearances. Because he now has enough service time to elect free agency and keep his money, Nido didn't have much to think about when saying farewell.

It was a much-needed performance from Nido in the absence of Francisco Alvarez. He outshined Omar Narvaez to extremes by being able to throw out runners at a 19% clip which falls just one point shy of the league at 20%.

Unfortunately for Nido, Luis Torrens has a much greater upside and has been superb since the Mets acquired him from the New York Yankees. Nido enters DFA limbo where teams will get a chance to claim him on waivers, make a trade, or wait until he is released and becomes a free agent. Which four teams could make some sense for Nido?

1) Chicago Cubs

Unbelievably, the addition of Nido to the Chicago Cubs roster would actually be a boost to the offense. Miguel Amaya and Yan Gomes are sharing the duties this season. Amaya is batting .194/.262/.284 with 2 home runs in 150 plate appearances. Gomes is at a more dreadful .155/.182/.250 in 88 chances.

Amaya has gotten the majority of work with Gomes becoming the Windy City’s version of Omar Narvaez. He is among the league’s worst in pitch-framing. Earning $6 million this season from the Cubs, he should be on the verge of getting DFA’d himself. 

A weakness of Amaya, meanwhile, is the inability to throw out runners. He threw out 9% of attempted base thieves last season and is at 12% this year. The veteran Gomes is at 14%.

In every obvious aspect, Nido is an upgrade over both of these catchers right now.