New York Mets fans are bracing for the worst roster decision possible. The catcher logjam may soon need to break. You know all of the pieces and parts. What are the Mets going to do?
Built to carry only two catchers, the Mets may soon demote Francisco Alvarez to the minors and replace him with Tomas Nido. Nido has been on the IL and his return will push Alvarez back to Triple-A or Gary Sanchez into whatever stratosphere he ends up landing in.
All of the goodwill built up with the Mets promoting Alvarez, Brett Baty, and Mark Vientos is about to be thrown away for a catcher who isn’t anything special.
What’s the right NY Mets roster move to make?
You know, DFA’ing Nido and seeing if he’ll pass through waivers might not be the worst thing to do. Someone might snatch him. It’s a risk worth taking.
It’s not even unfathomable to do the same with Sanchez whose time with the Mets is limited regardless of what they do upon Nido’s return. The Mets had to call him up or lose him over the weekend. They took a flier on him and there just isn’t enough room at the moment.
The Mets are in a bind. Demoting Alvarez temporarily while they try to figure out the plan is almost acceptable until we remember how impatient we all are. Alvarez has earned his major league roster spot and to demote him will have us questioning whether the Mets care more about the process or winning baseball games.
There may not be a Mets topic fans are more united on. Fortunately, there may be at least one ally within the team’s clubhouse.
Let’s cross our fingers and hope this is someone with some sway.
The tenure of Billy Eppler has already had its share of misses. By even opening the season without any of the kids on the roster, they’re already behind in the eyes of fans. A hot streak from the team with the Baby Mets front and center during several of the recent comebacks has temporarily helped us all forget about the follies of the current front office. We’ll all be painfully reminded of it if Alvarez heads back to the farm.