Free-agent C Matt Wieters is available on the open market, but the Mets are still not interested, a team source recently told Daily News reporter John Harper.
"We're not spending our money on a catcher,'' the source said, according to Harper.
In early-November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he planned to enter Spring Training with Travis d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera, and Kevin Plawecki as his group of catchers and that he had no interest in adding someone new from outside the organization.
Alderson repeatedly made the same statement throughout December when asked by reporters about the state of the team's catching situation.
Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
In an effort to get more out of d'Arnaud, Harper says the Mets need to get him more rest, keep him from wrapping his bat over his head during his batting stance, and be sure he has a strong relationship with new catching coach Glenn Sherlock.
According to Harper, Mets sources believe d'Arnaud missed not having former catcher and bench coach Bob Geren in his ear as he did in 2015.
Geren left the Mets to join the Dodgers' coaching staff prior to last season.
"We've got to get him back on track on both sides of the ball," Mets manager Terry Collins said, when asked during the Baseball Winter Meetings how Sherlock may be able to help d'Arnaud. "I've talked to a number of people around (Sherlock) and I have yet to hear anything bad. He's a tremendous coach, people relate to him. You look at the job he did with Wellington Castillo in Arizona. I liked his theories on catching, what he had to say about getting guys to get a better release, get in better positions. I think he's going to be a good addition."
Sherlock, 56, spent the previous 19 years serving in multiple roles with the D-backs.
In regards to Wieters, it's still going to take $15-20 million a season to sign him, be it for one year or for multiple seasons. In either case, with d'Arnaud and Rivera on the roster combining to make around $4 million or so, it's hard to see Sandy Alderson spending all of his remaining offseason budget (and then some) to add to catcher when he still has a major issue to solve in the bullpen and possibly center field.
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That said, I'm actually growing more bullish on d'Arnaud than I was earlier in the offseason. I don't know if it's the addition of Sherlock, and getting sucked in to that storyline, or just figuring this kid eventually has to it together and stay healthy. So, why not now?
By the way, the most impressive thing about Sherlock is that he remained Arizona's bench through six different managers being hired and fired. So, that has to say something about his value to the organization. He started his coaching career in the minor leagues, then moved up to be a catching instructor for Joe Torre's Yankees, where he spent a decade in a variety of roles.