3) NY Mets catcher Tomas Nido is playing his way off the roster
What are we going to do with Tomas Nido? The longtime catcher for the Mets has been slumping all year. It originally looked like the Mets planned to platoon him alongside left-handed hitting catcher Omar Narvaez. Nido would get a good share of starts against lefties. Narvaez’s injury forced the Mets to call up Francisco Alvarez and the two have shared playing time ever since.
This may soon need to change more drastically in favor of writing Alvarez’s name on the lineup card as much as possible. Although he hasn’t been exceptional, he’s not an automatic out like Nido. He’s also playing steady defense and excelling at pitch framing.
Nido isn’t a complete failure on defense but neither is Alvarez who was held back from making the Opening Day roster because of concerns about it. Each player has his pros and cons. Nido’s increasingly poor bat is what has made him one of the most disappointing players of the year. He was fantastic in the spring. None of that punch has carried with him into the regular season.
Nido is batting .118/.148/.118 without an extra base hit among the 6 he does have. He has committed a pair of errors already. He has thrown out just 1 of 9 base stealers. The new MLB rules and increased size of bases can get part of the blame/credit for this.
When Narvaez returns from the IL, the Mets will have to decide on Nido’s fate. Do they pull the plug only months after buying out his arbitration year next season? Maybe it'll depend on how his eyes check out.