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Mets sign catcher Rene Rivera to minor league deal

The Mets have added depth to the catcher position.

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The Mets have signed Rene Rivera to a minor league deal. The well-traveled 32-year-old catcher has played for the Mariners, Padres, Twins, and—most recently—the Rays. Tampa released him in March.

Rivera is known for his defense, as he has hit just .211/.258/.331 in his major league career. This is not the first time Rivera has been in the Mets organization. Back in 2009, he played 68 games for Buffalo, the Mets' Triple-A affiliate at the time.

Earlier in the year, the Mets also signed catcher Nevin Ashley and retained Johnny Monell on minor league contracts, moves made for depth at the position after the team let Anthony Recker go.

In spring training, it was reported that despite the earlier moves, the Mets were looking to acquire a major league-ready catcher to possibly backup Travis d'Arnaud. If a deal materialized, current backup catcher Kevin Plawecki would most likely have been sent to Triple-A, where he would get regular at-bats.

Plawecki's development at the plate is a concern since he struggled in his time with the Mets last season. He hit .219/.280/.296 with three home runs in 258 plate appearances. With d'Arnaud proving himself when healthy last year, it might be tough for manager Terry Collins to get Plawecki into the lineup on a regular basis. Perhaps the Mets see Rivera as a major league option if they want to get Plawecki regular playing time in Las Vegas.