New York Mets targeting Miguel Olivo?

Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

The Mets are targeting catcher Miguel Olivo, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Rubin reports that if the Mets choose to sign a free agent catcher, that Olivo would be at the top of their list. The Mets have been looking for a right-handed hitting catcher to compliment incumbent Josh Thole, a left-handed batter.

Olivo, 34, hit .222/.239/.381 for the Seattle Mariners last year as a part-time player. He slugged 12 home runs in the pitcher-friendly Safeco Field, the home stadium for the Mariners. Olivo threw out 31% of players that tried to run on him in 2012, and has done so at a 34% clip over his 11 year playing career.

Olivo earned $6 million over the last two seasons, more specifically making $3.5 million last season for the Seattle Mariners.

The Mets traded for Kelly Shoppach last August to give him an audition, but the team is reportedly not interested in bringing the former Red Sox and Rays backstop back on.

Olvio has previously played for the Royals, Rockies, Marlins, Padres, and White Sox. The Mets would be the backstop's sixth team, and fourth in 5 seasons.

The Rubin article also mentions the Mets see Matt Treanor as comparable to in-house option Mike Nickeas, and are wary of Chris Snyder's back.

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