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Mets express interest in acquiring a backup catcher

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The Mets may be planning on having Kevin Plawecki start the season in Triple-A

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The Mets certainly don’t have depth problems at catcher, however the club has expressed interest in bringing in a major-league-ready backup catcher to start the season on the 25-man roster. This plan would seem to have Kevin Plawecki start the season in Triple-A so he is not stuck behind Travis d’Arnaud, perhaps hindering his development.

No possible suitors or players have surfaced yet, but the Mets are leaving the door open in case the right backup emerges. Terry Collins was asked about where Plawecki should open the season:

"We haven’t had that discussion as to where he’s going to fit the best, or what we think is the best for everyone involved. That has not taken place. What we’ve got to do is take what we think are the best 25 and get out of the gate and go from there."

As a rookie last season, Plawecki played in 73 games, batting .219/.280/.296, with three home runs and 21 RBI. Plawecki split time between Triple-A Las Vegas and New York, taking over for d’Arnaud, who missed 95 games—most due to injury—during his 2015 campaign. Plawecki was on the postseason and World Series rosters, however did not make an appearance during the playoffs.