Mets depth chart: 2 players moving up, 2 moving down

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Moving down the NY Mets depth chart: Tomas Nido

When one catcher goes up, another must go down. The law of depth chart applies to the Mets with Francisco Alvarez becoming the top dog it must mean someone else has fallen. That guy is Tomas Nido.

Now on the IL, it’s hard to picture how Nido will be anything more than a once or twice a weak catcher who gets into the lineup to give the starter a rest. He hit .118/.148/.118 for them in 55 plate appearances without an extra-base hit in the bench.

Nido’s rise as a regular on the Mets roster came exclusively because of his defense and how much pitchers like Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom enjoyed working with him. Neither are here any longer. And while pitchers on the current ball club probably do like throwing to him, his absent bat makes him unplayable.

Maybe bad vision is what caused Nido to start this year so slowly. The Mets did just buy out his 2024 arbitration earlier this year, putting them on the hook for some cash they’ll owe him regardless of what happens. The big question with the catcher situation is what the team will do when everyone gets healthy. Narvaez’s return is approaching. What happens when Nido comes off the IL, too? The Mets don’t have enough flexibility with their other players to carry three catchers plus part-time DH Daniel Vogelbach.