Third-string backup catcher Rob Johnson opted for free agency after being removed from the Mets’ 40-man roster, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reported today.
Johnson appeared in 17 major league games, where he batted .250 (13-for-52) with two doubles and four RBI. He missed the end of the season with a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Johnson’s biggest virtue was that he was not Mike Nickeas. And while I’m sure Mr. Nickeas is a very pleasant and hard-working individual, he’s shown very few signs of being a capable major league hitter.
The more interesting item in Rubin’s story is this:
The Mets will consider re-signing [Kelly] Shoppach because his likely 2013 salary would match the organization’s spending capability, but team officials were not enamored with Shoppach and are first expected to investigate other options.
So, who would you like to see Sandy Alderson bring in to handle the catching duties in 2013?