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Mets confronting problem at catcher with Travis d’Arnaud’s relapse, Rene Rivera’s high pay

One of the following significant choices for the Mets is one they never anticipated that would confront this winter. With two top getting prospects who were relied upon to push each other in the course of the last two seasons, the Mets never thought they would weigh whether they ought to delicate Rene Rivera more than two million dollars to be the reinforcement catcher one year from now.

In any case, that is one of the inquiries the Mets are debating at this moment. Rivera is in his third year of mediation qualification and anticipated to get over $2 million one year from now, some place. The Mets have until Dec. 2 to choose in the event that they will clutch the privileges of the 33-year-old catcher.

With the decrease of Travis d’Arnaud and battles of Kevin Plawecki, the two top getting prospects in the association, it’s a genuine question. Before the end of the 2016 season, Rivera was the individual catcher for Noah Syndergaard and basically part the beginning employment with d’Arnaud.

A group source said Wednesday night they had not chose whether they would delicate Rivera an agreement yet. Another group source questioned they would burn through $2.2 million on a reinforcement catcher.

Be that as it may, the Mets ought to bring Rivera back and see that cash as an interest in all that pitching they are betting on to get them once again into the playoffs one year from now.

The Mets pitchers and catchers permitted a noteworthy alliance most noticeably awful 135 stolen bases this season with Noah Syndergaard permitting 48 and Matz permitting 20.

D’Arnaud permitted 61 stolen bases, and tossed out 17 for a .218 found taking rate in 70 amusements. His catchers’ earned run normal was 4.30.

GM Sandy Alderson demonstrated a week ago that he felt the catchers may have taken excessively much fault for that. Syndergaard, for instance, had an ease back conveyance time to the plate, making it hard for catchers to get off a toss before runners got a decent bounce.

With Plawecki hitting .197 in 48 recreations this season, the Mets swung to Rivera.

The veteran reinforcement permitted 43 stolen bases and got 18 taking.

The Mets need to weigh if that is worth $2.2 million.

A week ago at the GM Meetings, Alderson gruffly said that catcher was a range for development for the Mets. A specialist for one of the top free operator catchers available drew nearer the Mets at those gatherings in Scottsdale and said the Mets dismissed him. The front office made it clear they were not spending on a catcher, saying they would give d’Arnaud each shot this season.

Reasonably, the Mets need to see a considerable measure of change from d’Arnaud. Above all else, they need to see change at the plate.

The Mets were worried with his swing returning to its old, longer movement as he battled a year ago. He hit .247 with only 11 additional fair hits in 75 recreations. The frequently harmed catcher missed time on the crippled rundown for his the third straight significant group season.

In any case, the Mets likewise need to see those enhancements behind the plate. They require a strong catcher who helps them exploit all that youthful pitching they hope to have back next season.

That is one reason the Mets employed Glenn Sherlock this week. The previous small time catcher will clearly serve as the third base mentor, assuming control for Tim Teufel, who battled there last season. He will likewise be accused of working with d’Arnaud and the reinforcement catcher, whomever that is.

The Mets were without a mentor on staff that had getting background last season. Previous Mets seat mentor Bob Geren, who had worked with d’Arnaud and Plawecki every day in 2015, left the Mets to end up the seat mentor for the Dodgers. Dickie Scott, who supplanted Guerin as seat mentor, did not have the getting background to help them and the Mets had wanted to acquire an association getting educator as required.

Enlisting a getting mentor indicates how vital the Mets feel it is to help their pitchers from behind the plate. Bringing back Rivera would give them the protection they require there as well.

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