The acquisition of Omar Narvaez has put us all on edge to see what the New York Mets have brewing. Four potential catchers on the roster is not a wise plan. Something is going to give. It should happen soon. The Mets couldn’t possibly sign Narvaez without a trade on the way.
Exactly what will the team do? It’s either going to be trading James McCann, DFA’ing him (unlikely), or sending Tomas Nido packing. Mets fans are hoping it’s a McCann trade. Even the DFA is a bit painful. At least a trade can get Steve Cohen some cash considerations. He really has been good to us.
So where will the Mets trade a catcher today, tomorrow, or the next? Let’s take a look at some of the teams to keep a watchful eye on.
1) NY Mets can trade a catcher to the Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers don’t have a horrible catcher tandem with Jonah Heim and Mitch Garver. We’re connecting this dot because of the previous rumors of them being a landing spot for McCann. Considering how well Jacob deGrom worked with Nido over the years, could it be that they are now interested in him? It seems viable.
Nido worked for several seasons as an unofficial personal catcher for deGrom. He has had a similar role with other Mets pitchers. He’s a favorite for them. Trading him instead of McCann would be a bit of a blow to our morale. Nido has been a fun player to watch develop into more than a Four-A player. He can actually hit well enough to be part of a platoon.
If it’s the Rangers who end up acquiring one of these catchers, we’ll have to come to the conclusion that deGrom was a part of the conversation. He did sign with them to win a ring, after all. It would help to work with a catcher he’s familiar with.