Mets Sign Catcher Coste and Resign INF Cora

Max FidlerContributor INovember 30, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 06:  Alex Cora #3 of the New York Mets at bat against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on May 6, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Today the Mets made the big splash we have all been waiting for! 

Sorry, that's not exactly true. However the Mets have begun their off-season by adding former Phillie backstop Chris Coste and by resigning utility infielder Alex Cora. 

Cora's deal, which was announced earlier today, is for 1 season with a vesting option for 2011 if he starts 80 games this season. Additionally, Cora received performance based bonuses totaling up to an additional million dollars if he starts enough games (80, 90, 100 and 110). 

Cora is known for his presence in the dug out, more than for his bat but he was a contributor for the Mets last season starting in 67 games before going down with a torn ligament in his hand.

Details on the Coste contract are seemingly unknown other than the fact that he will be on the 40 man roster, however according to the veteran catcher this does not mean he will be in Flushing on opening day. 

Coste may be the first of a couple of catchers the Mets pursue and sign, as they have been looking for a veteran presence behind the plate.