According to multiple reports from over the weekend, the New York Mets are in the market for a catcher to platoon with Josh Thole. They have explored options like Miguel Olivo of the Mariners and Ramon Hernandez of the Rockies. A familiar face could also on the Mets radar.
According to Peter Gammons, the Mets have also considered trading for Red Sox backup Kelly Shoppach.
Mets have considered Kelly Shoppach if price on Ramon Hernandez is too high, which would get Ryan Lavarnway to Boston. Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 14, 2012
Shoppach is hitting .269 with 4 home runs and 12 RBI for the Red Sox this season. In his career, Shoppach has a .902 OPS against left handed pitching.
The 32-year-old would be an improvement against left handed pitching for the Mets as their current backup, Mike Nickeas, is hitting only .172 against southpaws this season.
The Red Sox made a major splash with Tuesday’s Chris Sale, the second swap of the day after acquiring Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.
MORE ON THE TRADE
While Boston had to give up top prospect Yoan Moncada and three other legitimate prospects in the trade, the deal gives them a very deep starting rotation that figures to see last offseason’s big acquisition -- David Price -- end up as Boston’s No. 3 starter.
Here’s what the reaction looked like as the trade came down:
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni gave the deal his stamp of approval.
Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan cautioned against thinking the Red Sox at a discount.
Blake Swihart was not one of the four prospects involved in the deal, and he’ll have a heck of a team to work with going forward.
In Tampa, Chris Archer realized the AL East has a new ace.
And one Sox fan pointed out that Dave Dombrowski has absolutely dumped out what was once a large and top-heavy chest of prospects.