Read: The Mets Catching Problem

Marty Noble, in his latest mailbag for MLB.com, talks about the many needs that the Mets need to address this offseason, but one need that has been masked by other glaring problems is a catcher.

…i agree with this, but at the same time, i wonder if the solution is really out there right now…to me, it’s clear that Josh Thole will likely need a full season at triple-A Buffalo before being able to determine if he is the solution, which leaves the Mets in a situation where they need a stopgap…i think the Mets will be looking for a defensive-oriented catcher, but they need someone who isn’t an automatic out as well…

In 2009, Mets catchers hit just .252 with 13 home runs and 86 RBI.

…the run production wasn’t awful this year, but when you look at, for example, Brian Schneider‘s run production, eight of his 24 RBI came in a three game stretch in June against the Rays and Cardinals, which is just under 10 percent of the production out of the catcher’s position for the season…

Since the beginning of the 2007 season, over 486 games Mets catchers have hit just .258 with 51 home runs and just 249 RBI.

…i think that acquiring a consistent everyday catcher is important, because i believe that having consistency behind the plate can only help the pitching staff…since Paul Lo Duca left, the Mets haven’t had a fixture in the catchers position due to injury or lack of production…but this is another reason why the Mets need a three year plan in place to win and build a solid and steady core up the middle because i don’t think they be able to address every need in it’s entirety in three months…

For more, as well as answers to other questions, check out Noble’s mailbag.