Yesterday Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that the Mets were unimpressed with Brian Wilson’s audition. Marc Carig of Newsday reports, however, that there’s still a chance for these kids to make it work:
I noted yesterday that Wilson may have an incentive to wait things out and make a deal with someone midseason when he’s got more strength and, presumably, more leverage. By the same token, the Mets may have an incentive to showcase Wilson themselves, and if he is somewhat effective and healthy, flip him to a contender in the middle of the year.
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.