Mets Have Interest In Robinson Chirinos


The Mets have connected with veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos in the beginning times of the offseason, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. They’ve likewise been in contact with well-voyage reinforcement catcher Drew Butera.

New York as of now has one generously compensated catcher on the program in Wilson Ramos, who is owed $10.75MM through the finish of the 2020 season (remembering a $1.5MM buyout for a $10MM club alternative for the 2021 season). General trough Brodie Van Wagenen has recently demonstrated he’s in the market for a reinforcement catcher, however Chirinos profiles as more as a starter than a save. The 35- year-old hit .238/.347/.443 with 17 homers, 22 duplicates and a triple in 114 games (437 plate appearances) with the Astros in 2019 and logged 113 games with the Rangers in 2018.

Excepting a move including Ramos, it could be difficult to lure the 35- year-old Chirinos to sign on for what might unquestionably be diminished playing time, and he’ll likely order enthusiasm from different clubs hoping to highlight him in a bigger job than the Mets can offer. Furthermore, if the Mets are keen on him as a reinforcement — even one who plays more than a customary second catcher — it appears to be improbable that they’d offer more than a year ago’s $5.75MM compensation. New York’s advantage isn’t really an amazement, however, given Chirinos’ quality results in 2019 and, to a lesser degree, the way that he and recently contracted captain Carlos Beltran were brief colleagues with the Rangers in 2016.

Chirinos performed well all in all in Houston and found each and every inning tossed by Justin Verlander in 2019, so there’s surely explanation behind the Astros, who have insignificant getting profundity, to seek after a gathering. The Braves, Brewers, Reds, Angels, Pirates and Rockies are among the numerous groups that could take a gander at including some assistance behind the plate this winter, as well, so there ought to be intrigue somewhere else.

With respect to Butera, he’s a contender to get a small time bargain and a welcome to Spring Training either from the Mets or another club. The 36- year-old wouldn’t be an unmistakable update over as of now anticipated reinforcement Tomas Nido, as Butera has batted just .203/.268/.301 in 408 plate appearances between the Royals and Rockies going back to the 2017 season. Butera doesn’t have a solid measurable profile as far as his glovework, either, however he conveys a notoriety for being a reinforcement who functions admirably with pitchers.

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