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Mets debating choice between Anthony Recker and Taylor Teagarden

Jun 22, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

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The Mets are debating which catcher to keep around when Travis d’Arnaud returns to the major leagues on Tuesday after having spent the last two weeks with Triple-A Las Vegas. Neither Anthony Recker nor Taylor Teagarden have done much to help their own causes: Recker has a .557 OPS in 110 plate appearances on the season, and Teagarden has an even worse .450 mark in 30 plate appearances.

As Adam Rubin of ESPN New York notes, Recker still has an option remaining. On the other hand, Teagarden would have to pass through waivers before the Mets could assign him to Triple-A. Even then, Teagarden would have the option of rejecting the assignment and instead become a free agent.

d’Arnaud caught fire at the plate while in the minors. In 57 plate appearances with the Las Vegas 51’s, the 25-year-old slashed .453/.491/.943 with six home runs and 16 RBI.

  1. kappy32 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Recker. Recker has more pop than Teagarden & that is what you need from a backup catcher. You need a guy who can adequately catch the pitching staff & hit the occasional HR when he gets his bi-weekly start.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      And he breaks bats with impunity.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Logically, you’re right. Unfortunately, unless they are ready to give up on Teagarden altogether, they are going to demote the guy with the option. Teams let options dictate their moves way too often, and I suspect that’s what will happen here.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Besides he has the cooler name. Recker! I’m gonna Reckit!

  2. joejacks - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Recker. No debate, but it’s the Mets

  3. Marc - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Just bring up Plawecki and d’Arnaud, give ’em something to cheer for.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      You don’t bring up a guy like Plawecki to ride the pine.

  4. chill1184 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Recker however I also believe that TdA should play everyday regardless

  5. coryfor3 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Like it matters.

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