Catcher Juan Centeno was claimed off waivers by the Brewers today. Known more for his defensive skills than his bat, Centeno has only appeared in a limited role with the Mets at the major league level despite being a member of the team's 40-man roster for some time. Over the last two years, he hit .225/.279/.225 in 43 plate appearances with the Mets. In 202 plate appearances in Las Vegas this year, Centeno hit .291/.343/.335. Perhaps the most notable moment of Centeno's tenure with the Mets was that he became the first catcher to throw out Billy Hamilton.
Centeno was buried on the catcher depth chart. Anthony Recker served as the Mets' backup catcher for the last two years, while the team also brought in Taylor Teagarden for the 2014 season. Furthermore, Kevin Plawecki's ascent through the Mets' minor league system made Centeno more expendable. At the moment, Travis d'Arnaud and Recker figure to be on the Mets' Opening Day roster.