Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
When the Boston Red Sox signed free agent catcher David Ross to a two-year deal last week, immediately the speculation began about the status of current Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Indeed, rumors started flying.
Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald certainly felt the need to tweet that with the Ross signing, teams could be calling on the Sox for catching help.
The Mets have 26-year-old backstop Josh Thole. However, Thole hit just .234 with one homer and 21 RBI in 2012, including a .211 average against left-handed pitching.
Saltalamacchia delivered 25 HR with 59 RBI last season for the Red Sox, but hit just .222 with a .288 on-base percentage.
The perception is that the Sox are very high on Ryan Lavarnway, despite the fact he hit just .157 in 46 games. The Sox believe that Lavarnway's production in the minors can be repeated at the major league level.
The Mets could also attempt to bring back Kelly Shoppach, whom they acquired from the Red Sox last August.
In addition, the Mets have been linked to free agent catcher Miguel Olivo as well.
It certainly seems clear that the Mets want additional firepower behind the plate, and Saltalamacchia would be the more obvious choice in terms of production. However, they'll be taking a chance on a player who posted a 31 percent strikeout rate just last year alone, and who threw out just 18 percent of runners attempting to steal, a full seven percent below the league average.
It's likely that the Red Sox will make additional moves with their current catching situation—whether or not the Mets will be a trading partner at this point remains to be seen.