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Catcher-hungry Mets targeting Ramon Hernandez, Miguel Olivo, Kelly Shoppach

Jul 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York and Joel Sherman of the New York Post both report that the Mets are interested in Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez, and according to Sherman they’re also interested in catchers Miguel Olivo of the Mariners and Kelly Shoppach of the Red Sox.

All three veterans are right-handed hitters who could platoon with the left-handed-hitting Josh Thole behind the plate and Sherman describes Hernandez as “a longtime favorite of Sandy Alderson,” who was Oakland’s general manager when the A’s signed him out of Venezuela in 1994.

Hernandez is currently on the disabled list with a hand injury and 23-year-old rookie Willin Rosario has hit for a ton of power filling in behind the plate, so it makes sense that the last-place Rockies would be open to trading the 36-year-old Hernandez. He’s owed about $1.5 million for the remainder of this season, but his $3.2 million salary for next season could be an issue. Olivo has a $3 million option or $750,000 buyout for next season, while Shoppach is signed to a one-year deal.

As for what the Mets would give up in a deal, Rubin reports that the Rockies “have always liked” infielder Justin Turner and tried to get him this offseason before dealing for Marco Scutaro instead.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    The Feesh will do them a deal for Black Hole Buck that they can’t refuse. Assuming, that is, that they’re willing to pick up his entire remaining salary.

    • hoopmatch - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Why do you call him Black Hole Buck?

      • Old Gator - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        Imagine you’re a Feesh fan. You’re down by one run in the bottom of the ninth. You have runners on second and third and two out.

        John Buck steps to the plate.

        Now if that didn’t answer your question in its condensed, anecdotal form, check out his slash line, his strikeout figures and his RISP.

  2. pisano - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    There’s another team that should be more concerned with improving the catcher position, and it’s the Yankees. I’m aware it’s thin out there for a quality catcher, but when your no.1 catcher is 0 for 30, seems to me you should be looking to upgrade.

  3. stairwayto7 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Mets want Mike Piazza!

  4. mathieug79 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    If you guys have the right prospects, we have Arencibia.

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