New York Mets catcher Omar Narvaez is expected to return from the IL in the coming days. He has been sidelined for practically the entire year. When he comes back, the Mets roster could be shaken up in a big way.
There are many directions the Mets can go to clear a spot for Narvaez and it’ll be discussed heavily with each of these four candidates he could replace on the roster.
1) Omar Narvaez could replace Tomas Nido on the NY Mets roster
Replacing one catcher for the other is the most obvious choice for a team. Not so much the Mets. Tomas Nido, a guy definitely on the roster bubble, already has an extension through next season and has been a darling of the front office and many of the club’s pitchers. A weak start to the season and now the weaker of the two backstops currently healthy and on the roster, he’d be everyone’s favorite choice to depart if the team wants to continue carrying only two catchers.
Nido’s lack of minor league options would make him a DFA candidate. Do the Mets risk letting another ball club claim him off waivers? Anyone in need of a quality backup could definitely use him. However, there is no certainty of it. The chance of Nido slipping past the other 29 teams and accepting a minor league assignment does exist.
It does seem like the end for Nido in a Mets uniform could be approaching even if it’s not this week with Narvaez’s return. He’s not the catcher of the future for the ball club. And with Narvaez owning a player option for next season, he could always return.
Aside from Nido, the Mets do have one other catcher they could move off the roster to make room for Narvaez. You’re not going to like it.