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Details on Taylor Teagarden’s deal

The Mets deal with C Taylor Teagarden is worth $725,000 if he makes the major leagues (Sherman).

He’d receive a $25,000 bonus for each of 60 and 80 games spent on the roster, respectively. Teagarden also has a clause in his contract that would allow him to opt out if he is not in the majors by June 15.

Teagarden appeared in 23 games for the Orioles in 2013, hitting .167 with a .180 OBP and .480 OPS. He hit two home runs.

The former third-round pick is a career .206 hitter with a .266 OBP over 163 total games and 518 plate appearances at the major league level. He’s hit 20 home runs in the majors, playing for the Texas Rangers and Baltimore.

He spent time on the disabled list in 2012 due to lower-back injuries and only played 26 games between the minors and majors last season. He was designated for assignment by the Orioles on September 1, 2013.




24 comments
Macacawitz
Macacawitz

So now they have Teagarden, who's 30 and sucks. MLB experience = 163 games.

Recker, who's 30 and sucks.  MLB experience = 77 games.

Centeno, who's a question mark. MLB experience = 4 games.

and d'Arnaud, MLB experience = 31 games.  Who will be the starting All Star catcher this year, as we all well know.  


Who's going to work with the young pitchers?  Who's going to tutor d'Arnaud?  This is a problem, folks.  


And certain optics are important with respect to the way a team is perceived.   A player who makes $4M a season makes approximately $25K per game.  The Mets are handing out $25K bonuses.  It just further serves to underscore what a mess they continue to be financially.  


wingo43
wingo43

Are we sure we can afford this?  Seems to be an extravagance.  

Gland1
Gland1

Another post, another excuse for dumb people to complain about a minor league depth signing.

strato
strato

A 750,000 contract. A 167 batting average. Born to be a Met!

yankeehater
yankeehater

Phew...ive been unable to sleep for the last few days wondering about this bum's contract. Thanks for finally getting the all important details of it out there.

slainte2
slainte2

The depth of catching talent across league is really thin.  One thing about Buck, he at least has legit power ... i think he got exposed, and ran out of gas b/c Terry never gave him a break.  Power off bench, prior relationships ... don't know why he isn't more of consideration, unless he is looking for more time as starter than they will commit to (or somehow pissed mets off).  I would give Buck the first game of every series, let Travis catch games 2 and 3 ... have Buck spend rest of series scouting next opponent, develop game plan against each of hitters ... implement game 1 and let Travis follow along games 2 and 3. That might keep d'Arnaud healthier too.

slainte2
slainte2

i saw game from behind dugout last year, was surprised that D'Arnaud is not a big guy at all ... his uniform was swimming on him.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

I think there's a sign over Sandy Alderson's desk: "Your trash is our treasure."


Honestly, though, I've no problem acquiring him for depth while Plawecki develops.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

There is nothing about Teagarden that says he can be a MLB player. I see no compelling reason to have signed him.

Keane
Keane

Why? Just... why? Is there really not another catcher available with good defense who can get on base at a clip of 30%? This guy is 30 and hasn't been able to crack a single other MLB lineup for more than 100 PAs since 2009. Maybe they want d'Arnaud to feel completely comfortable that the job is his---because Teagarden isn't exactly a threat.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

Good.  Now get your asss to AAA and share some knowledge with the young pitchers.  Let's shy away from any hitting advice though bud.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Let me say it again, this is our backup to D'Arnaud. 

yankeehater
yankeehater

@Gland1 People making sarcastic comments does not mean that they are dumb....it just means that the are fed up. When all is said and done this signing means ZERO....there are 25 guys who wont even play this year who would put up similar numbers to what this guy will. THAT is why you see the comments that you do.

He is exactly what you called him...MINOR LEAGUE depth. You think mets fans care about that bs?

wingo43
wingo43

@Gland1 A major league depth signing would make me feel better.

gizzymhv
gizzymhv

@slainte2It's about moolah. They don't want to pay a starters salary for a back up catcher

bobbyv
bobbyv

@slainte2Um;  Teagarden has 20 dingers in 500 at bats (and that's  his first 500 times at bat).  There's not else to like in his stats,  but it seems to be if makes the bigs, that's the one thing he has going for him.  He's Buck light -- but with upside.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

He's a former 3rd round pick with decent power who had once shown potential and plays a position that you should want to have depth at in any org.

yankeehater
yankeehater

@Keane Id honestly rather just stay with Recker for the next year+ until Plawecki is ready to come up. This is an insurance/organizational depth move and nothing more. The kid is not a major leaguer.

Gland1
Gland1

@yankeehater @Gland1 I don't believe that all of the comments are sarcastic.  I think there are a lot of dumb people out there, getting angry and complaining about moves like these.  I would hope Met fans wouldn't care about this, but they seem to for some reason.  They can't separate what they are really angry about from moves like this.