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Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
In a report for the New York Post, Josh Thole says:
“I didn’t have a tremendous year by any means (in 2011). … Every year for me, that’s what it’s going to be about — I’m going to have to prove myself every day in spring training and just show I can catch 162 games.”
In 114 games last season and 386 plate appearances, Thole hit .268 with a .345 OBP, 20 doubles and 40 RBI while striking out 12.2 percent of the time.
In early December, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reported that the Mets had decided not to sign a right-handed hitting, free-agent catcher. Instead, he said, they plan to handle the position internally as they focused their resources on improving the bullpen.
Matthew Cerrone: The Mets discussed players like Kelly Shoppach, Luis Martinez, Jason Varitek and Ivan Rodriguez, among others. However, as Rubin reported, they eventually determined that money would be better spent on the bullpen. I understand they’re confortable going with Mike Nickeas as Thole’s back-up, but I believe they’re
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