Pineiro and Molina Off The Market. Now What For The New York Mets?

Double G SportsCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 15:  Pitcher Ben Sheets #15 of the National League All-Stars throws against the American League All-Stars during the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in New York, New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets keep losing out on free agents. This week they lost out on catcher Bengie Molina and starting pitcher Joel Pineiro. The Mets had been pursuing both players and given offers.

It was clear Molina did not want to play in New York. If he did, he would have accepted the Mets offer instead of taking significantly less money to return to the Giants. In Molina, the Mets would have gotten a catcher with a decent glove and one that could provide some pop in the lineup. I don't think its as big a loss as some people think however. It's only a loss because the Mets just can't seem to fill many of their holes this offseason. The only spot they have been able to fill was left field where newly signed Jason Bay will play.

Currently, the catchers on the Mets roster are Omir Santos and Henry Blanco. If the season started today, Santos would likely be the starter with Blanco backing him up. Last season with the Mets Santos played in 96 games, batting .260 with seven home runs. He had an on base percentage of .296. Blanco was with the San Diego Padres last season where he batted just .235 with six home runs in 67 games.

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