Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the New York Mets tried hard to trade catcher Devin Mesoraco before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, but were met with a very limited market. Heyman notes that the market for Mesoraco is still limited.
Mesoraco, 30, has hit .225/.309/.402 with the Mets in 54 games since being traded for starter Matt Harvey in May. Mesoraco will be a free agent after the season.
On the defensive side, Mesoraco is at -5 DRS with the Mets and has thrown out 26% ( league average is 29%) of would-be basestealers. He also ranks 95th among 102 catchers defensively this season according to Baseball Prospectus.
The Mets have decided to give Kevin Plawecki more playing time behind the plate recently with the veteran Mesoraco getting only four starts since July 28.
Heyman also noted in his article that the Mets had a higher asking price on veteran Jose Bautista than you’d think. Of course, Bautista has gone just 1-for-24 with 13 strikeouts since the deadline. The 37-year-old has a .731 OPS with the Mets in 65 games.