Four or Five teams pursuing Chien-Ming Wang

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At least that’s what his agent says.  Among those interested: the Mets, the Dodgers and the Cardinals. But wait, wasn’t Wang supposed to be on the sidelines for a good chunk of the early season due to rehab from injuries?

“Our plan was to get him 100 percent healthy, so there was no risk on
the team’s part,” [agent Alan] Nero said. “And that’s still our plan, and we’re
following it. But we didn’t expect teams to be coming forward with
offers, and that’s what’s happening.”

Despite Nero’s claim that Wang is throwing pain free, it strikes me that anyone who goes after Wang now, as opposed to later, is really taking a chance. I’d at least want to see a Ben Sheets-style throwing session from him before getting serious.

Mets sign Jose Lobaton to minor league deal

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The Mets signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where it’s assumed Lobaton will be in the mix for a backup role behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.

Lobaton, 33, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Nationals. He put up his worst career numbers in 2017, producing -0.6 fWAR after slashing just .170/.248/.277 with four home runs in 158 plate appearances. While he’ll give the Mets little to work with at the plate, his near-decade of experience behind the dish should make him a decent emergency option, if nothing else.

In the meantime, the Mets are expected to roll with a d’Arnaud/Plawecki platoon to start the season. Both catchers saw slight upticks in value over the 2017 season: d’Arnaud turned in 0.8 fWAR after hitting a career-high 16 home runs, while Plawecki collected 0.6 fWAR and three homers after raising his batting line over the Mendoza Line for the first time since 2015.