John Buck close to a deal with Mariners

The Mariners are close to a deal with free agent catcher John Buck (Morosi, Jan. 13).


5:52 p.m.: The deal is for one-year and $1 million (Heyman).

Buck, 33, hit .219 with 15 HR (14 before the All-Star break) and 62 RBI between the Mets and Pirates in 2013.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Jan. 5: The Mets had interest in re-acquiring Buck, who was looking for a guaranteed deal. From what I could gather, the Mets didn’t want to lock up a roster spot with a back-up catcher, knowing the top spot would go to Travis d’Arnaud. Instead, with Anthony Recker and Juan Centeno in the mix, they preferred to sign a veteran back-up to a minor-league deal, like Taylor Teagarden. Teagarden has six years in the big leagues, albeit just 500 or so at bats. Nevertheless, he’s young, but enough of a veteran that he can still help Travis without overshadowing him.




13 comments
John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

1 year and $1 million? I wish we had offered something...wll he get significant playing time in Seattle?

mike23
mike23

I don't know Taylor Teagarden personally so I can't judge, maybe the guy has leadership qualities beyond just stats that could help d'Arnaud if he does win the job as a backup. If you add all of Teagarden's stats for his career it basically becomes one season and he does have 20 home runs although his batting avg. and strikeouts are not good. anyway small move either way as he may just play in AAA or whatever. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

With that kind of offensive output he should easily make-up for the recently released (and retired) Jason Bay.

Opti-Mets-tic
Opti-Mets-tic

Good luck Mr. Buck, last April was fun. We'll see you in July.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Taylor Teagarden has appeared in 163 major league games over six seasons.  He was once too, considered a highly thought of prospect.  Unfortunately he's has turned out to be a monumental bust.  Why you would bring him in to mentor d'Arnaud is anyone's guess.  Personally, I wouldn't want him in the same area code as d'Arnaud.  Of course, these are the Mets......cheap, mind numbingly stupid and unwaveringly arrogant.  

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Teagarden is a vet that can help TDA? Please, just close this site down already.

Scott Griffin
Scott Griffin

He will be a huge help with the young Seattle pitching staff.

Hodges14
Hodges14

Is Teagarden going to make the roster?  Or is that just to help TDA in spring training?

mike23
mike23

@Macacawitz If you add up his games played and at bats over that time into one season he did hit 20 home runs although his avg. and K's were high. Maybe he has a quality personality with leadership skills that interest the mets, I don't know him personally but it might be more than just stats that makes him a quality backup. He may just be a AAA catcher so who knows, mets have more pressing needs anyway. 

mets2014
mets2014

@Macacawitz don't get too worked up over this bro...he is 4th on the depth chart...this was clearly an organizational depth signing...they have gone all in with d'arnaud...don't think teagarden was brought in to replace buck

mets2014
mets2014

@Hodges14 if he beats out recker...highly doubt they carry 3 catchers on the 25 man roster