Adam Rubin of the Daily News writes that the Mets could deal one of their surplus catchers and that teams are calling the Mets to inquire.
I’m asked a lot how the Mets plan to fit six catchers with major-league experience in their system. Answer: They can’t. Barajas and Blanco clearly will be the big-league catchers, barring injury. Josh Thole is the primary catcher at Triple-A Buffalo. I’m told the Mets probably can fit three catchers with the Bisons, especially since Chris Coste can play other positions while mentoring Thole. That means that Omir Santos or Shawn Riggans could be involved with a trade this spring. We’re not talking a blockbuster, but a team official tells me they’re already getting calls about the excess catching.
Last week, I suggested that the Mets could trade Omir Santos and that the Tigers, Twins and Indians could be interested in a solid backup like Santos.
Santos, 28, emerged as a solid catcher when Brian Schneider was injured last year. He batted .260 and had some clutch hits. His game-winning homerun off Jonathan Papelbon at Fenway Park was one of the few highlights of the 2009 season.