According to Marty Noble at Mets.com, the team has now decided that Omir Santos will start at catcher in 2010 and be backed up by Henry Blanco.
However, our friend Michael Baron over at Metsblog cites Buster Olney, not the most credible sports reporter in America, as believing there are â€œsignals being sent outâ€ that the Mets are turning to Torrealba. Of course for Olney, the signals may very well have been ones only he was able to hear.
A platoon of Santos and Blanco as Thole hopefully continues his rapid development into what we hope can be a long-time answer behind the plate starting in 2011 at the latest?
Or should we turn to Torrealba?
He is an experienced MLB catcher, but is aging and would most likely want more than a one-year deal.
The Metsâ€™ supposed serious interest in Molina (which, again, may have been grossly exaggerated by Heyman), if indeed real, might suggest that they will now go heavily after a different veteran catcher.
However, with the Sheets and Pineiro situations clearly reaching critical mass and the Mets desperate for starting pitching, the best move might be to charge hard after Sheets and Pineiro, and leave the catching in the hands of Santos and Blanco.
Santos and Blanco will hit 7th or 8th, and their offense will be sufficient there. Starting pitching is what we need, and here is a voice begging Omar to leave the aging catcher market and shift all focus and dollars into the available starting pitching market.