A day after former Mets catcher Brian Schneider signed with the Phillies, the Mets picked up former Phils catcher Chris Coste.
Coste spent the second half of this past season with the Houston Astros.
Coste certainly is not a No. 1 catcher with his paltry offensive numbers, but he could be a solid backup and substitute at first base. The Mets still need to go out and find an offensive catcher.
Below is the official release:
The New York Mets on Dec. 3 announced they have signed catcher/first baseman Chris Coste to a one-year contract and have added him to the 40-man roster.
Coste, 36, spilt the 2009 season between Philadelphia and Houston, batting .224 with two home runs and 18 RBI. He began the season with the Phillies before being claimed off waivers by the Astros on July 10.
Coste hit .263 with 17 doubles, nine home runs and 36 RBI in 2008 with Philadelphia.
In his four-year major league career, Coste has appeared in 299 games with a .272 batting average, 47 doubles, 23 home runs and 108 RBI. The Fargo, N.D. native has started 176 games at catcher and 16 at first base since making his major league debut in 2006.