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The Mets made little progress in trade talks for a catcher this week, Sandy Alderson told reporters this morning.

Right now, he said, if the season started today, Josh Thole and Anthony Recker would likely split time at catcher.

"If the Mets go the free-agent route at catcher, Miguel Olivo is now their top target," a major league source told ESPN New York yesterday.

The Mets claimed Recker off waivers from the Cubs in late October.

Recker, 29, played for the A’s and Cubs last season, spending time in both organization’s minor league systems.

He made Oakland’s Opening Day roster and hit .129 in 13 games before being optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. He was designated for assignment on August 20 and traded to the Cubs the next week.

In 18 at bats with Chicago, he hit just 167 with a home run and four RBI in nine games.

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