According to Jon Heyman who was a guest on MLB Network’s Hot Stove show, the Mets may be readying an offer for free agent catcher Bengie Molina. On his blog at SI.com, Heyman wrote,
The Mets are considering a bid of about $6 million for one guaranteed year plus a second-year option for free-agent catcher Bengie Molina, whom they have made their top catching target.
Heyman added that there’s a possibility that the Mets may be willing to even go to two years for Molina even though it would block Josh Thole who they expected to take over as the starting catcher as soon as 2011.
Apparently the Mets are banking on the hope that there is a limited demand for catchers this off season.
Earlier in the day, the Mets were considering making a run at Rod Barajas who is also a free agent.
The Royals, Blue Jays, Rockies and Giants are all in the market for a catcher and at least two of those teams were rumored to be negotiating for the Pirates’ Ryan Doumit.
I don’t know about you, but at this point I just wish the Mets would solve this catching situation already.
It seems that the discourse has centered mostly around moving Castillo and getting a starting catcher. The sooner we accomplish those things on the agenda, the quicker we can move onto finding a cleanup hitter who can play either first base or left field, and finding a starter to pair with Johan Santana in the rotation.