NY Mets offseason decision that will payoff: Buying low on Omar Narvaez
The most surprising addition of the offseason by the Mets was the signing of free agent catcher Omar Narvaez. If you predicted this and you haven’t already won the lottery, your superpowers have gone to waste.
It seemed like the Mets would indeed look to trade James McCann this offseason, which they successfully did. Shout out to the Baltimore Orioles for a little help. What nobody suspected was the team would bring in another veteran backstop. Paired alongside Tomas Nido, the Mets have a pretty good righty/lefty setup at the plate when these two catchers grab a bat.
This does mean Francisco Alvarez gets pushed onto the backburner for at least a little while longer. It’s not such a horrible decision. Alvarez could use more seasoning behind the plate in Triple-A plus a few at-bats. One thing the Mets have been incredibly consistent at is not rushing top prospects to the show. They appear ready to do the same with Alvarez, opting to carry two more defense-focused catchers instead of one expected to become primarily known for his offense.
The decision can pay off in a lot of ways. Alvarez can become a better defender. The Mets can get early offense from Narvaez. We should still expect Alvarez to become an option for the Mets later in the year. He’s an ideal candidate to fix one offseason decision that looks like it will backfire most.