Bison's Bring in Veteran Catcher...

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 08:  Ramon Castro #11 of the New York Mets looks on before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 8, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I think this move is a telling sign, about Brian Schneider's condition and the faith in Ramon Castro to stay healthy.

The Bison's have two catchers on their roster with major league experience, Rene Rivera and Robinson Cancel, either one could serve as Omir Santos' back-up for a short term stint.

Schneider is struggling in Port St. Lucie to get behind the plate, do to a calf injury and Castro has already had leg issues with the increased work load.

The Mets signed veteran catcher Javier Valentin to a minor league deal, this moves tells me, that the Mets are ensuring they have a season long back-up catching solution.

Valentin is the younger brother of the Stache, hopefully; if he does get called upon, he has the same leadership genes as his brother.

The 34 year old switch hitting catcher, has a lifetime BA of .251, and is a veteran of 10 major league seasons. He's spent the last five seasons as the Reds catcher and prior to that he was a back-up in Minnesota and Tampa Bay. This year he was a non-roster invitee at the Nats camp but did not make the team.

This could also start the Castro trade rumors...

The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, today announced that free agent C Javier Valentin has been added to the Buffalo Bisons roster. C Rafael Arroyo has been transferred to St. Lucie (A). source Macks mets