Recker, who served as Travis d'Arnaud's backup for parts of 2013, 2014, and 2015, was removed from the 40-man roster on November 6 after clearing waivers. With Kevin Plawecki positioned as the backup for 2016, the Mets have no immediate need for Recker, who hit .125/.239./.213 in 92 plate appearances with the major league club in 2015.
With Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez already taking up space on the Indians' 25-man roster, Recker looks unlikely to make the Opening Day squad. His signing is intended to provide depth behind Gomes and Perez.
Recker played well at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2015, posting an .896 OPS while hitting eight home runs in 27 games. If he can perform similarly within the Indians' system, he may be able to work his way up to some major league action in 2016.