Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/24/12
The catcher position is one that the Mets have been trying to address for a few seasons now. Josh Thole has started the most games behind the plate since the days of Mike Piazza and then Paul LoDuca, but Thole is far from the traditional offensive catcher. Unless you are Charles Johnson behind the plate, the organization and fans are going to want some sort of offensive production. Johnson was never known for his offense, but he did have some very productive offensive seasons. There were years where he knocked over 20 home runs out of the park. If Thole could do that, we wouldn’t be having this discussion today. However, three home runs and a .260 average just isn’t going to cut it. Due to Thole’s light hitting, catcher is a position that Sandy Alderson is trying to fix going forward. The team brought in Kelly Shoppach, but he hasn’t been much of an upgrade from what the Mets already have in place. Alderson can try to address the catching situation in free-agency, or trade. But when...
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