Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The most important Position to fill this off-season...

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It's not Jose Reyes...

It's not a big stud pitcher or a home run threat bat...

Don't get me wrong all of which would be great but moving forward for the long term I believe what the Mets really need is pitcher oriented catcher.

 A catcher who's basically a coach behind the plate, someone who not only frames a pitch well but can calm a young pitcher down and move away from a pitch when he sees it's not effective even if it was in the game plan.

Josh Thole is not that player, this season has shown me Thole is not a starting catcher but even if I'm wrong he isn't going to be that type of catcher for at least the near future.

With this staff composed of youngsters and fragile pitchers I believe it becomes essential to find that catcher, not only if they are to have any chance to contend next season but also long term.  

Mike Pelfrey, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Josh Stinson, Chris Schwinden, Pedro Beato, Manny Acosta and Daniel Herrera all would benefit from a strong mentor type.  Johan may need someone who sees something off before the hitters do and the same can be said of Cappy if he returns. 

They really don't have a staff that just needs a guy who catches the ball and as the saying goes pitching wins, which is especially true in Citi even if they change the dimensions.

I'm not sure who that catcher I'm describing is but here's a list of what catchers are free agents this off-season; courtesy MLBTR

Rod Barajas (36)

Josh Bard (34)

Henry Blanco (40)

Ramon Castro (36)

Ryan Doumit (31) - $7.25MM club option for 2012, $8.25MM club option for '13 with a $500K buyout

Ramon Hernandez (36)

Jason Kendall (38)

Gerald Laird (32)

Jose Molina (36)

Yadier Molina (29) - $7MM club option with a $750K buyout

Dioner Navarro (28)

Ivan Rodriguez (40)

Brian Schneider (35)

Kelly Shoppach (29) - $3.2MM club option with a $300K buyout

Chris Snyder (31) - $6.75MM club option with a $750K buyout

Matt Treanor (36)

Jason Varitek (40)