SI’s Jon Heyman reported that Jorge Posada contacted the Mets about their backup catcher position, but the Mets weren’t interested.
The answer why is a pretty simple one. And the stated reason, that the Mets want a defense-first backup, is only part of it.
The Mets have plenty of needs. A starter to compete with Dillon Gee. A few relievers better than Daniel Herrera. A center fielder better than Angel Pagan. A trading partner for Jason Bay. A Wizard of Oz-style defensive revelation for Lucas Duda.
Pretty much the only thing they don’t need is a catcher who hits righties well. They have Josh Thole under contract already. And that’s the one thing Jorge Posada can be counted on to do at this point in his career.
Really, the presence of Thole cries out for a backup who can hit lefties really well, not defense-first. But I digress.
So much as it would be great to add Jorge Posada, circa 2007 to this lineup, I regret to inform you that time travel is not the new market inefficiency.
Now if the Yankees want to make Nick Swisher available, that’s a different story. Or Eduardo Nunez. Or Dellin Betances. Or David Robertson. I could go on.
See? Finding areas the team needs to improve isn’t hard. It’s finding those spots where the Mets can say “Nope, we’re good” that is the challenge.
So thank you, Jorge Posada. You’ve brightened this Mets fan’s day.
Apparently, however, they are interested in Jason Varitek, the mirror image of Posada at this point. That makes sense, though I’d prefer someone younger for a more strict platoon.