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Mets rumors: New York wants to add backup catcher

Kevin Plawecki does not appear to be the ideal backup for the Mets.

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New York is telling teams it is interested in adding a backup catcher, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.

Travis d'Arnaud is set to open the season as the Mets' starting backstop and Kevin Plawecki appeared to be in a position to serve as the backup.

However, if Plawecki opens the season on the Mets' major league roster, he likely would not see much playing time. As a result, the Mets are open to having him open the season in Triple-A and finding another backup option.

Johnny Monell is another internal candidate, but Rubin notes New York is not being considered.

Plawecki was a first round pick in 2012 and batted .219/.280/.296 to complement three home runs and 21 RBIs over 73 games last season.

Since most of the top catching options are off the market, the Mets might be forced to trade for depth. They do have some pitching depth and likely would not lose much by trading for a backup catcher.