According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, “The Mets have Ramon Hernandez atop their wish list to upgrade at catcher, but team officials insist they see it as a salary dump by the Rockies and therefore will not offer up much of a prospect in return.”
July 8, 9:30 am: Sherman lists Hernandez, Red Sox C Kelly Shoppach, and Mariners C Miguel Olivo as possible targets for the Mets as the trade deadline approaches.
Sherman says, “Mets officials are concerned about disrupting the positive eco-system around the team by adding the wrong personalities or unsettling the pitching by bringing in a catcher in midstream.”
Meanwhile, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says the Rockies have always liked Justin Turner, who, along with minor leaguers like Wilfredo Tovar, Domingo Tapia, Matt Den Dekker, or Josh Edgin, could get a deal done.
In addition, Rubin said on Twitter, the Mets are trying to expand the deal to include LHP Matt Reynolds, who was also mentioned to Sherman by Rockies officials.
In regards to Reynolds, he has been a very solid component out of the Rockies bullpen over the last three seasons, although the home run seems to be a troubling point for him. That could be a product of pitching in Coors Field – of the seven home runs he’s allowed this season, four have come at home. He doesn’t handle left-handed hitters well statistically – they’re hitting .288 against him this season – but he’s been used almost as frequently against righties, and so I wonder if a role exclusively against lefties might enhance his abilities to handle them better.