Shoppach highly unlikely to return

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Don't look for a catcher who has passed through the Mets to return to the organization as the righy-hitting complement to Josh Thole.

Kelly Shoppach

Kelly Shoppach

#6 C
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM76
  • HR8

  • RBI27

  • R23

  • OBP.309

  • AVG.233

Any of them.

A major league official painted it as a highly unlikely scenario that the Mets would re-sign Kelly Shoppach, who finished last season with the club after being acquired from the Boston Red Sox for Pedro Beato on Aug. 16.

Similarly, scratch off fellow ex-Mets Rod Barajas and Henry Blanco as well as former Mets farmhand Jesus Flores, who was non-tendered by the Washington Nationals, sources advise.

So where do the Mets go for catching?

The remaining righty-hitting free agents include Miguel Olivo, Chris Snyder and Matt Treanor. The Mets also could acquire a backup catcher via trade, although that may prove difficult because the club may be asked to overpay for another team's backup, since rival GMs sense the Mets' desperation to fill the role.