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Mets sign catcher Taylor Teagarden to minor-league deal

The Mets have signed catcher Taylor Teagarden to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

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.

81 comments
Jim Alderson
Jim Alderson

The player most impacted by this signing is probably Logan Forsythe, who would have otherwise been the Vegas backup.  Instead, he may back up Plawecki at AA now.  Or be this year's Gronauer.  Not a good spot to be in. 

ladymetfan
ladymetfan

Sent him immediately to Michigan in January with Tejada for 'conditioning' program...hmmmm?

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

With offensive numbers like this he could start immediately for this team. We all know why he was selected. Just don't piss on us and call it rain.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

Everyone is so fixated on how much he sucks as a hitter, yet this guy probably won't see an AB for the Big League team.  That's not what he was signed for.

We have a bunch of young pitchers that are supposed to be developing throughout the season in AAA.  Even though Teagarden has been primarily a backup the past 6 seasons, he still has way more experience working with Big League pitchers and hitters.  Juan Centeno has just 4 games.  A veteran-type catcher is exactly what guys like Syndergaard and Montero need.

And yes, it does make a difference.

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

the frustration by some fans is note really about this move to sign Teagarden, or make low level moves but more of them NOT making the big move that most of us want at shortstop!! It sounds more and mor that ownership ins conceding this season and making it yet another REBUILDING year!

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Very interesting. Haven't seen Teagarden play much, but he's never struck me as a power hitter. 20 homers in 467 at bats is very, very good in the power department, especially from a catcher. He's been regarded as a good receiver as well who is athletic and very good at throwing out runners. He's probably going to be the favorite for the backup spot in the spring and will likely earn it, although my guess is we'll see both Recker and Centeno at some point this season.

sell
sell

Is Recker still a Met?  He's better than Teagarden.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

This guy Teagarden sounds like a dud....why did the FO even bother?

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Yoko brought a Walrus. oh wait that is Garden party. . lol

Joseph Baffi
Joseph Baffi

mets need to start acting like a ny team there no reason salary shouldn't be like 110 mil even with the problems its a joke

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

I'm not too mad about having a veteran guy down in AAA to work with the young pitchers, especially considering Centeno has barely any experience as a Major League catcher.


mystere24
mystere24

I have no problem with this move at all. Why should anyone else? We traded a Cy Young Award-winning pitcher at his high water mark value at an advanced age and got one of the top catching prospects and pitching prospects in baseball. TDA is our starting catcher now. The Mets will give him every opportunity to succeed, as they should.

The competition is for a backup catcher to play once or twice a week. Not many teams are investing big bucks or trading top prospects for a second catcher. The more interesting question, not included in the blog post but I hope will be coming soon, is a TT defensive evaluation, which is what really matters at that position. Any offense from this roster spot is a bonus. To the extent that TDA has excessive experience on the DL, this competition does matter.

maxster
maxster

The Mets promised 2014 was going to be our Rosegarden, Instead we got a Teagarden. We waited 4 years for this!

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

I love seeing people get all fired up over a backup AAA catcher.  He's organizational depth - a body that can catch.

Raul
Raul

cant be worse than Recker

Carl Rock
Carl Rock

Had to believe they found someone who hits for a lower average then Recker but they did.

maxster
maxster

Marlon Byrd was a former all star. The Mets found a diamond in the rough last year with him, their first such  finding in a generation. Now EVERY stiff we sign we are going to cite Byrd as a example .Puuleeese! Get a grip>

chizzy
chizzy

Let's all at least agree that anything can happen in baseball. At the beginning of the season last year, did the majority of the fanbase believe that Marlon Byrd was going to be such a boom of a player? I thought he'd perform at an average level based on his age but not a 20+ homerun guy hitting in clutch situations.

Jon Forsyth
Jon Forsyth

Relax people. Teams make these deals all the time. Do people think teams fill out minor league teams with all highly touted prospects?

Ronald Ormiston
Ronald Ormiston

Of Course, sign a career 206 hitter. Anthony Recker looks like a keeper now. Oh, and he spent most of last season injured. Sounds like a good fit for the Mets. Well, at least stockpile some minor league-rs. Can never have too many especially in Spring Training. Then again look at all the other available catchers with major league experience. Hardly any hit over 210 and they're all being signed by someone.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@rubiconx0 Oh get over it.  Not every move is some huge front-page transaction.  Last I checked, Drew still hasn't signed anywhere.  You're more than welcome to piss and moan once he signs back with the Red Sox, but until then at least pretend like you understand how the offseason works.

Gland1
Gland1

Also a lot of fans are just ignorant

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

@rubiconx0alot of team pick up bodies for spring traing somebody has to catch the pitchers . you need bodies we lost a catcher in the system to KC . Francisco Pena . So basically its a wash. I seen Taylor in Texas he is ok the average is hard to get when you do not play .He is very injury pron from what i remember of him. he is your typical 3rd string type catcher.  Alex Trevino type or Ron Hodges. 


Ron Davis
Ron Davis

@Zach Ripplecatching insurance. he may not be the only catcher we may bring in for spring training on a minor league deal. 

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

@sellhe and Centero are Mets on the 40 man  Teagarden is a guy for a try out he is not on the 40 man roster . He hardly played for the O's so he may start in Triple A . in spring training you need bodies to catch the x amount of pitchers in camp .

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

There's a huge difference between a signing like this and signing Byrd last year.

Teagarden is organizational depth - arguably the 4th catcher on the depth chart.  Maybe he ascends to a backup role behind TDA, but it's not like they've signed him with even close to the same mindset as Byrd.

Byrd was signed because the Mets were starved for power and desperately needed an OF - they happened to hit the lottery.

stemog
stemog

@sell @Robby Johnson He's 30 and played parts of 6 seasons in the majors, so he's not a rookie. Remember when he and Saltalamacchia were stud catching prospects? He's a decent guy to throw in Triple-A.

zootv
zootv

@E2 Productions uh what??? you understand it is 1000% easier than typing out his name every minute. should we refer to sandy as "Mr. Alderson" to keep it profesional?

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

I'd love to see an average joe wear a high 90's fastball right off the mask.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@nolrog@Robby Johnson2009 BA #73 prospect with texas. Was stuck behind Saltalamacchia after he was acquired in the texieria deal, so didn't get many looks. Was traded as a Balt in 2011 for 2 minor leaguers... Was in Balt behind Weiters since 2011. 


He's now 30 and probably just AAA/Spring Training Depth. He's kinda of this year's Anthony recker