The Mets gave up some outfield depth and right-handed hitting at the catcher position by non-tendering Mike Baxter and Ronny Paulino.
Baxter, a Queens native, had pop and could play the outfield corners. The move leaves the Mets in even greater need of backup plans for presumed starters Jason Bay, Andres Torres and Lucas Duda.
As for Paulino, his exit clears a path for Mike Nickeas, a good defensive catcher with a suspect bat.
The moves allow the Mets to officially add Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco to the 40-man roster, so they can quit sneaking around. Good for them!