According to Matt Cerrone and Chris Coste’s hometown paper of Fargo, ND, the Mets have signed Coste to a an apparent one-year deal. This deal does not guarantee him a spot on the major league club, but does put him on the 40-man roster.
From the Forum of Fargo-Morehead:
Coste agreed to terms with the New York Mets today on a contract that guarantees him a spot on the 40-man roster.
Coste said the Mets were the only team to give him that guarantee, although he said it isnâ€™t a given that heâ€™ll be on the opening-day roster.
â€œItâ€™s going to be a bit of a gamble,â€ Coste said. â€œThey have money to spend and they could go out and get a couple more catchers.â€
Not a spectacular move, and money was not mentioned. His offense has declined steadily since his surprising rookie year, and he will be 37 on opening day.
Hard to figure this one. Perhaps a deal is in the works with Santos and/or Thole and catching depth is being amassed? Stay tuned.