A “Major League source” told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that if they decide to go to the free agent market to fill their catching vacancy, their top target is Miguel Olivo.
However, SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt says the Mets would prefer to fill the position via trade, as they aren’t thrilled with either Olivo or Yorvit Torrealba.
In 87 games for the Mariners in 2012, Olivo, 34, hit .222 with a .239 OBP, 11 home runs and 29 RBI with 87 strikeouts in 323 plate appearances over 87 games.
He signed a two-year, $7 million contract before the 2011 season. The Mariners held a $3 million option on Olivo for 2013, but they recently announced they would decline the option, making him a free agent.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
Olivo is terrible. I’m not sure I’d sign him even he agreed to pay his own salary. There is nothing about him that seems to fit with this team’s approach at the plate. He knows how put the catcher’s equipment on, I’ll give him that. The rest is a mystery to me.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:
I’d rather have Shoppach. He is better than Olivo. During August and September, he was praised for his work with the pitching staff, most notably with the bullpen and getting them to pitch inside more. In turn, the results out of the bullpen improved. Yet on Monday, Burkhardt said on SNY’s Hot Stove, the Mets are not interested in bringing Shoppach back. Neither Shoppach nor Olivo are going to be dynamic offensive players, but Olivo strikes out a ton and hardly ever walks, which doesn’t exactly speak to the approach the organization is trying to preach.