The Winter Meetings have not yet began, but rather the Mets have effectively tended to two of their greatest offseason concerns this week. Yoenis Cespedes, the slugger they have to control their lineup, re-marked with the group on Tuesday and the Mets consented to a one-year contract to keep move down catcher Rene Rivera on Friday, a group source affirmed.
While Cespedes was the Mets offseason principle center, getting has been a basic issue of sympathy toward the Mets. Last season, Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki were baffling at the plate and behind the plate. Rivera, marked after he was cut by the Rays, gave them an unfaltering, veteran catcher to work with their young pitchers.
The Mets are not in the market to sign or exchange for a beginning catcher at the ebb and flow time, as indicated by group sources, so bringing back Rivera gives them protection.
“I expect a noteworthy update in catcher, I do from an execution point of view, that is the thing that we expect,” Sandy Alderson said Wednesday at the public interview declaring the Cespedes marking. “It’s one reason we procured Glenn Sherlock as a mentor for us; we require a redesign.”
Sherlock was acquired to supplant Tim Teufel as third base mentor to some extent since he has small time getting background and can work day by day with the Mets catchers. Last season, after Bob Geren left to take the Dodgers’ seat mentor work, the Mets did not have a mentor on staff with getting background.
Alderson showed the Mets anticipate that d’Arnaud or Plawecki will be their beginning catcher next season, yet are keeping the entryway open for what’s to come.
“There is a limit with respect to development there and change. We’ve seen it in the past and there is no reason we can’t return to that,” Alderson said. “In the event that there were different open doors, we sought after some last year for redesigning our getting through exchange or what have you.
“Sensibly, the vast majority of that change will originate from inside.”
The Mets put both d’Arnaud and Plawecki on the exchanging piece the previous summer. A source said that not just did they offer d’Arnaud in a conceivable bundle when conversing with the Brewers about All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, however they additionally named Plawecki as a probability. Rather, the Brewers sent Lucroy to Texas.
After Noah Syndergaard attempted to hold runners last season, Rivera essentially turned into his own catcher last season after the youthful righthander battled with holding runners. Syndergaard permitted a noteworthy class driving — by a gigantic edge — 48 stolen bases. The Mets pitchers and catchers consolidated permitted a noteworthy alliance most noticeably bad 135 stolen bases this season. D’Arnaud permitted 61 stolen bases, tossed out 17 for a .218 found taking rate in 70 amusements began behind the plate. His catchers’ earned run normal was 4.30.
Rivera, 33, permitted 43 stolen bases and got 18 taking. His CERA was 2.78.
Friday was the due date for groups to choose whether they would delicate their assertion qualified players an agreement. Rivera was one of 10 players the Mets needed to settle on, yet by a wide margin the most faulty.
Among that gathering interestingly was Jacob deGrom, who earned early assertion rights as a Super-2. That implies he was among the main 22% of players called up in 2014, winning the additional year of intervention. DeGrom, who did not sign his agreement the previous spring fundamentally as an approach to set up influence for these up and coming arrangements, said Friday he had not yet achieved an agreement concurrence with the group. The 28-year-old additionally said the Mets had not moved toward him about a conceivable contract augmentation.