4 trade destinations for Omar Narvaez if the Mets decide to sell

These four teams could be potential landing spots at the trade deadline for Mets catcher Omar Narvaez.
Jun 11, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  New York Mets catcher Omar Narvaez (2) looks on from
Jun 11, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets catcher Omar Narvaez (2) looks on from / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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One of the weaker and maybe more pointless buys by the New York Mets in free agency this offseason was the addition of catcher Omar Narvaez. It was an addition that caught us all off guard. Hoping to find some veteran experience until Francisco Alvarez was ready to take over as the starting backstop, the Mets awarded him with a one-year deal and a player option for 2024.

Because Narvaez has missed so much time and performed poorly, the Mets should be looking to move him. He might be providing Alvarez with guidance behind the scenes, but that shouldn’t stop them from shopping him.

Catcher trades at the deadline can be tricky due to the relationship they must have with pitchers. It’s not an impossibility. And if these four teams are looking for a possible improvement at the catcher position in the starting lineup or on the bench, they should consider adding Narvaez.

1) NY Mets trade destination for Omar Narvaez: Cleveland Guardians

The catcher situation is pretty lousy this year for the Cleveland Guardians. They’ve already DFA’d Mike Zunino and have now called upon rookie Bo Naylor to be the guy behind the plate. The Guardians have gone from being a trade match with the Mets for a pitcher like Shane Bieber to someone who should be looking to buy from New York.

Narvaez is hardly the lone Mets player the Guardians could target. This offense-needy ball club should have interest in outfielders Mark Canha and Tommy Pham. Due to some injuries, could Carlos Carrasco even be someone for them?

Any sort of trade involving Narvaez or another Mets player with Cleveland probably means New York pays most, if not all, of the contract. A deal, in this case, only works if the Guardians are willing to give up something useful in the deal. The Mets can find purpose for Narvaez in Flushing even if he is nothing more than a backup to Alvarez.