New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson is looking for a backup catcher in Triple-A, not at the major-league level, he told Marc Carig of Newsday.
Similarly, last week, Alderson said any potential catcher the Mets acquire would be used as minor league depth, not as the backup for Travis d'Arnaud. Last month, ESPN.com reported the opposite, citing sources who believe the Mets are dissatisfied with Johnny Monell.
According to what Alderson is saying, it seems d'Arnaud's big-league backup will be Kevin Plawecki or Monell.
However, Terry Collins recently said the front office is debating whether Plawecki should be d'Arnaud's backup or go to Triple-A Las Vegas where he can play every day (either behind the plate or getting work at other positions). Of course, Plawecki is better than Monell, so I'd rather Plawecki be d'Arnaud's first line of defense. However, Monell is not on the 40-man roster and the team doesn't have many off days to start the season. I.e., there is no perfect in-house solution.