Collecting Catchers

Omar Narvaez
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I don’t know which saying is more apt here. Is it “you can’t have too much of a good thing?” Or is it “If you have nine catchers, you really have none?” The Mets signing of Omar Narvaez is probably somewhere in the middle.

Narvaez is known in certain circles of Milwaukee as “Pearl Jam”, because each season’s half as good as the one before. 2019 was Narvaez’s best season, slashing .278/.353/.460 in 133 games with 22 homers. Then after a wasted COVID season, Narvaez bounced back in Milwaukee with a .266/.342/.402 line with 11 home runs in 123 games. But in 2022, he only played 84 games, slashing .202/.296/.305. If Narvaez is truly an Eddie Vedder lyric, then his 2023 season would make James McCann seem like Paul LoDuca.

Speaking of McCann, let’s state the obvious about the Mets having four catchers, as noted in the tweet above. Let’s leave Alvarez out of thsi equation because nobody would be surprised if he was only a part time catcher, filling in the rest of his time at DH if he is indeed the chosen one. That leaves Narvaez with McCann and Tomas Nido. McCann seems to be the odd man out, as we all thought even without Narvaez. Now with Omar in the mix, you have to think that Billy Eppler has a deal in his pocket for McCann. There are more teams that need catchers than there are catchers available in trade. The Braves may peddle Travis d’Arnaud now that they have Sean Murphy. But beyond that? James McCann might really look like LoDuca for some of these teams that are desperate. So perhaps McCann’s professional value might actually be higher than a warm glass of milk at this point. The Mets could also trade Nido, but how much higher would his value be than McCann to justify making him the odd man out?

The other half of the pair of shoes, I gather, is close to dropping. (I know this to be true because I see Luis Castillo calling for it in the distance.)

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