The Cleveland Indians have signed former Mets catcher Anthony Recker to a minor league deal.
Recker hit .125 last year over 80 at-bats. A lifetime .185 hitter, Recker has never been one to hit for a high average, but more of a pop-off-the-bench type of guy. Recker was claimed off of waivers from the Cubs by the Mets in the offseason of 2012 after being drafted by the Athletics in the 18th round of the 2005 draft out of Alvernia University.
With Travis d’Arnaud a main-stay behind the plate for New York and Kevin Plawecki on the rise, it’s not really a surprise to see Recker ended up elsewhere. He’ll provide good minor league depth behind Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez in Cleveland, while his spot was up in the air in New York.
The back-up catching spot is very much up in the air for the Mets for this upcoming season, however. Plawecki would be the obvious choice to back-up d’Arnaud, but that would mean robbing Plawecki of valuable playing time. D’Arnaud’s strength is his bat and Plawecki’s is his glove, so we could witness an outright platoon between the two complimenting skill sets. We could also see Johnny Monnell on the Opening Day roster backing up d’Arnaud in order to give the top-prospect Plawecki more playing time and provide a lefty bat off the bench with Kelly Johnson now a free agent.