One need the Mets have to address is the presence of a right-handed hitting catcher on the roster, whether it be a starter or a platoon player.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Mets have already inquired the Blue Jays about their incumbent catcher J.P. Arencibia. With the Blue Jays recently having traded for John Buck, plus the presence of Travis D'Arnaud waiting in the wings, they are very likely to trade away one of their catchers. Among the three, Arencibia will likely be the one who gets dealt.
Arencibia would provide an immediate upgrade behind the plate for the Mets. Since Mike Piazza's last season with the Mets in 2005, the Mets have only gotten one particularly good season from their starting catcher ever since. The one exception was Paul Lo Duca's 2006 season. After Lo Duca regressed in 2007, the Mets watched Brian Schneider, Rod Barajas and Josh Thole, among others, all not produce particularly well at the plate in the past five years.
Arencibia could end this negative trend for the Mets. He hit 23 home runs and drove in 78 RBI in his rookie season in 2011, despite batting .219. This past season, Arencibia raised his average to .233, but only had 18 home runs and 56 RBI. Those numbers may not sound like that of a superstar, but they show that Arencibia is much more capable of being a successful hitter than Josh Thole, for one.
Defensively, Arencibia has played well behind the plate. He had a .993 fielding percentage in 2011 and a .994 fielding percentage in 2012.
Despite his power, Arencibia has been quite a strikeout threat for the last two seasons. He had 133 strikeouts in 443 at-bats in 2011 and 108 strikeouts in 347 at-bats in 2012. Striking out in 25-30 percent of all at-bats is never good, and his low walk totals (36 in 2011 and just 18 in 2012) illustrate another aspect of Arencibia's game that he will need to improve.
Not only are Arencibia's strikeouts and walks both concerns, but both have not helped him have a great OBP either. Arencibia's OBP in 2011 was .282 and his 2012 OBP was even worse at .275. Any OBP below .300 is not considered good, and Arencibia will really have to improve this in order to become a better hitter.
While catchers are often not expected to provide a lot of speed on the bases, Arencibia has just two stolen bases in his career. This means that he has little or no speed to add to a lineup.
Defensively, Arencibia's fielding percentage has been great, but he has struggled with throwing out attempted base stealers. Arencibia threw out only 24 percent of attempted base stealers in 2011, but did improve enough in 2012, with 29 percent of attempted base stealers thrown out.