There’s controversy over how the Mets handle their catching logjam, and specifically whether Francisco Alvarez may be sent down since he’s the only one with options. But there’s really no reason it’s controversial. At least not yet.
Alvarez leads all catchers in most offensive categories in May (1.046 OPS in the month). Of course they didn’t send him down when Tomas Nido was activated Friday (designating Gary Sanchez instead), and Alvarez shouldn’t go anywhere when Omar Narvaez is ready to return, either. Unless Alvarez suddenly falls into a deep slump, it’s clear what has to happen.
“Give Alvarez the job, and don’t look back,” one NL scout said. “Alvarez should be the starter and Narvaez should be backup to mentor Alvarez.”
One rival exec put it this way: “He’s a star.”
One question: Did Alvarez’s quick rise take the Mets by surprise? Despite his ranking as baseball’s No. 1 or 2 prospect (him and Gunnar Henderson), the Mets signed Narvaez to a two-year deal and gave backup Nido two years, too. Nido received pocket change, but his multiyear deal certainly surprised.
Ronny Mauricio continues to tear it up at Triple-A Syracuse (but has 10 errors as he adjusts from shortstop to second base). If he ascends, the Mets — the oldest team to start 2023 — may play four rookies. Mark Vientos should get a shot as the everyday DH.
Alvarez and Mauricio both hired Bad Bunny as their agent. The Bunny is roiling the agent world.