Found December 08, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
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“I’ve always believed the greater danger is not aiming too high, but too low, settling for a bogey rather than shooting for an eagle”  -  Peter Smith “If the Mets go the free-agent route at catcher, Miguel Olivo is now their top target”, a major league source told ESPN New York on Tuesday. Yesterday, Sandy Alderson admitted that “the trade market for catchers doesn’t look all that promising” and also added, “but the free agent market is also thin”. When the season ended, Alderson sounded like a man who had seen enough of Josh Thole after two years of evaluating him. But it soon became apparent that Thole would be back and getting the lion’s share of playing time behind the dish. This became confirmed when the Mets decided to tender Thole an offer after some speculation he would be non-tendered. By the time the calendar turned to November, it was quite clear the Mets were looking for a backup catcher to platoon with Thole rather than an upgrade at starting catcher. Kelly Shoppach
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