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Does Teagarden or Recker go when d’Arnaud returns?

The Mets are still not sure whether to demote Anthony Recker or Taylor Teagarden when Travis d’Arnaud is promoted from Triple-A later this week, a team insider told beat reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, June 23).

Recker is batting .198 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in 101 at  this season. He has an option remaining, meaning he would not need to pass through waivers to be sent to the minor leagues.

“The other wild card is whether the Mets would not mind losing Teagarden because it would allow them to move prospect Kevin Plawecki from Double-A to Triple-A,” asks Rubin.


D’Arnaud is hitting .444 with 6 HR and 16 RBI in the 16 games in Las Vegas since being demoted by the Mets to Triple-A.

If d’Arnaud is promoted after June 27 (20 days after he was demoted) he will be out of minor league options, i.e., able to be sent to the minors without having to first pass through waivers. If he’s promoted before June 27, he will retain the option, meaning he can be sent down again.




90 comments
Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Recker will make the prorated amount of 505K for the rest of the year, Teagarden will make the prorated amount of 500k for the rest of the year.

Recker is gone! 

Chaz Marcum
Chaz Marcum

This is a stupid experiment, playing up- N -down with d'Arnaud, the Mets are making a mistake bringing up d'Arnaud this quickley, they should have let him simmer @ AAA for majority of the season bc he will not hit A-gain in the majors, the guy sucks with the stick at the major league level and is a mediocre plate caller with a below average arm behind the plate.  

Noah Baron
Noah Baron

Cut Recker.  They have identical stats over their careers, but Teagarden is a far superior pitch framer to Recker.  It's not a coincidence that Teagarden was the one who called Wheeler's complete game shutout.  

elgiacomo
elgiacomo

Their stats and age are awfully similar, but my gut tells me Recker.  I like him as a backup.

Chris Cloonan
Chris Cloonan

that said, centeno should be up and given a shot at the job

Chris Cloonan
Chris Cloonan

I don't see how this is a debate. what has teagarden done? recker isn't an everyday player but he's a clutch bat with pop off the bench

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Given the impending promotion of Plawecki, there will be a log jam in Vegas Plawecki, Centeno, Recker/Teagarden. Sounds like someone gets moved in a package (doubtful) or someone gets released. I would guess Recker stays.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

the fact that this decision actually matters is all you need to know about the Mets...

monstah
monstah

Keep Recker - he is very good behind the plate and has a good throwing arm.

bunky
bunky

Mackey Sassar still floating around?

hankypanky
hankypanky

The promotion for Plawecki says it all, meaning Teagarden must go.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

This one is a total no-brainer. Recker is hardly Johnny Bench but he does connect every once in a while. Teagarden simply cannot hit. Keep Recker around and pray that TDA finally starts to fulfill his promise.

greekgod
greekgod

Recker will stay; lets hope he can hit better if he knows he is here to stay for awhile.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

They're both terrible hitting backup catchers. Teagarden has had some trouble on throws and Recker has more power, so I think I'd keep Recker.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

When you have sunk to the level of asking fans what backup catcher to send to the minors and who to keep---its a new low.

semperfi
semperfi

I understand the ramifications of keeping Recker up and trying to send Teagarden down, so be it, Recker earned his way on this team and serves as a very solid backup with a great attitude, let Teagarden find work else where if he chooses  to leave, show some loyalty and love to Recker, Plawecki to AAA, well deserved with Centeno backing him up, nice to have a left handed catcher in AAA. Looking forward to dArnaud coming up and showing Met fans that he can hit and belongs in MLB, I would give Recker 1-2 starts per week to keep dArnaud fresh and hungry.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Can we send all the catchers down and talk John Stearns or Duffy Dyer  or maybe even Ron Hodges out of retirement. I don't think Jerry Grote would want anything to do with this bunch.

xplr
xplr

How about both? And take Tejada with them?

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Just drop Teagarden. Recker has been better and no one will claim Teagarden off waivers. If he decides to opt out and play AAA for someone else so be it. Plawecki deserves the call up to AAA to start there and I'm fine with Centeno staying there as the backup and being the emergency guy in case Recker or d'Arnaud get hurt. I mean other than the GS in his 1st game Teagarden has done nothing and not any better than Centeno. In fact I'd probably even prefer Centeno who actually has the highest BA of any Mets catcher this season at a blistering .238

Jeffrey Miller
Jeffrey Miller

I like Recker, and want him back in 2015, but, lets see if d'arnaud is ready first, send Recker down for 10~ days to be sure. If d'A is hitting then reverse the transaction and send Teagarten to AAA. Doubt he'll be picked up on waivers. If so, he's just a 4A guy anyway and we got Centino as a catch and throw backup. Plawecki needs some AAA time to see if he's for real with the bat. 2 months should tell us (July/Aug).

tk2120
tk2120

when d'arnaud comes back up, d'arnaud should probably be sent down lol.... recker is better than all 3

Craig Mitchell
Craig Mitchell

Teagarden has no future with the Mets . Recker is young and will grow into the role.

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

Recker, teagarden doesn't matter D'arnoud is what we want and need

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

Im convinced everything to do with d'arnoud is mental hopefully he comes back strong

cbbruuno
cbbruuno

Dump Teagarden. I don't know why there is even a question.

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

I've already seen enough of Teagarden.  Recker even has Todd Pratt jawline, he's made for the spot.  

John Finnerty
John Finnerty

I think dropping Teagarden is the better choice, because it is time for Plawecki to move up to AAA. He's shown enough at Binghamton.

Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper

Gotta pick a fat chick. I choose recker of the 2

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

Recker has had many good games. Teagarden has one good at bat.

mets2014
mets2014

since the option is there, it will probably be recker down

gregf
gregf

Teagarden goes down ... remember, Sandy never promised us a Teagarden

dave42
dave42

Teagarden or Recker?  YES!  Thank you!  back-up catcher was one of the things I think Sandy forgot to cross off his list this past off-season.  a legit guy like Doumit or Jaso would have gone over so much better.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

A good backup catcher is needed in this day and age but to be honest who really cares.  D'Arnaud needs to produce, plain and simple.

shea
shea

should we send down Recker or Teagarden?


Yup.....we have officially taken sports analysis too far....

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@archer41  YES, Recker is much better. He has power and the capability of delivering a big hit. There is NO comparison and why it is even being discussed is bizarre to me.

greekgod
greekgod

@ifti99 Tejada is staying for the duration....at least until next year.

crafalko17
crafalko17

Recker is 29 and Teagarden is 31 I think....not a huge age difference and not much growing either