Omar Narvaez is likely better than either James McCann or Tomas Nido so the Mets signing him yesterday is probably a good idea. But it makes it harder for Francisco Alvarez to make the Opening Day roster. Not impossible – just harder. There have been rumors that the club has been shopping McCann and maybe now those go from rumors to reality. But that would still leave three catchers on the roster, should Alvarez not start the season back in Syracuse. It’s always been a good idea to me to have three catchers. But it’s not something the Mets have been all that eager to do this century.
The versatility of Eduardo Escobar, Luis Guillorme and Jeff McNeil makes carrying one fewer infielder or outfielder and going with three catchers a possibility. If you go with a 13-13 hitter-pitcher split, you have a four-man bench to complement your eight starting fielders and DH. A backup catcher is going to be one of those. It’s what you do with the other three that makes things interesting/complicated.
Adding to the stew is that with Daniel Vogelbach, you need to have a righty bat on your bench to DH. Ideally, Alvarez is that guy but Darin Ruf is still kicking around, so who knows if the Mets are considering Alvarez for that role. The nice thing about Narvaez is he gives the club another lefty bat, one with a little more sock than Guillorme. Now, they could still look for more LH power. There’s no clear fourth outfielder at the time, so maybe a lefty-hitting outfielder would be a good target.
So, the four-man bench is backup catcher, Guillorme, fourth outfielder and righty DH. If the Mets go with Ruf as the righty DH, he also becomes the backup 1B and fifth outfielder. We saw McCann play a few games at first base, so if he’s still on the roster he can fill that backup spot as well. Another option would be to have Mark Vientos as the righty DH/backup 1B. Vientos would also offer the potential as backup 3B and LF, too.
Yet with al of the options available, it seems to me the first decision is what to do at catcher.
How do the Mets handle their catching with the acquisition of Omar Narvaez?
- Two catcher with Narvaez and McCann/Nido (68%, 23 Votes)
- Three catchers with either Nido or McCann gone (12%, 4 Votes)
- Two catchers with Alvarez and Narvaez (12%, 4 Votes)
- Three catchers with Alvarez in Triple-A (9%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 34