At least, that’s the only reason I can see for them to pursue Luis Martinez, the catcher recently designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres.
Martinez, 26, is right-handed, has no power whatsoever, and can hit for a decent average and control the strike zone, particularly against lefties. He’d make a perfect platoon for Thole, is what you wanted is a guy who had exactly Thole’s skills, no more, no less, just in mirror image.
I still don’t really understand why nothing was budgeted toward getting the Mets a backup catcher with a little power who could crush lefties, but Jon Rauch was deemed more important, so there’s no money left for a Kelly Shoppach-type. (That was only $1.35 million to the Red Sox, incidentally. Oh, well.)
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