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The Mets have claimed catcher Anthony Recker off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. The 29-year-old right-handed hitter has just 79 plate appearances in the big leagues and has hit a paltry .152/.282/.242 in that time.
In the minors, however, he's been a significantly better hitter than that, albeit in some very hitter-friendly environments. He had an .889 OPS in 2011 and .789 this year, which isn't spectacular but isn't awful, either. He hit 10 home runs in just 253 plate appearances this year, too, so there's at least a little bit of pop in his bat.
Heading into next season, the Mets will obviously carry a right-handed catcher to platoon with left-handed hitter Josh Thole. Recker probably isn't the team's first choice, but he might be a better option than either Rob Johnson or Mike Nickeas was this year. Here's hoping he makes it to the big leagues at some point, if only for the puns: Home Recker, Train Reck, Recking Ball, Sandy's Reck — the possibilities are endless.