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 he had no interest in adding someone new from outside the organization.
Alderson made a similar statement a number of times during December.
In late November, the Mets avoided salary arbitration with Rivera, with the two sides agreeing on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
Noah Syndergaard said in mid-December that he's extremely happy that Rivera is returning in 2017, he told WOR's Pete McCarthy during an interview.
Rivera and pitcher Noah Syndergaard meet at the mound during a game in 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)
"That's huge, because he really helped me last year with his veteran leadership and the amount of knowledge that he has," Syndergaard explained.
According to multiple reports, the Mets have not been in contact with free-agent C Matt Wieters, who is is seeking a multi-year deal and considered the premier catcher on the free-agent market.
Dec. 16: I can live with Rivera being Syndergaard's personal catcher and playing day games after night games, with d'Arnaud getting the rest of the team's starts. If everyone else in the lineup is mostly healthy and hitting, a Travis-Rivera platoon will be more than fine >> Read more on Rivera.
Dec. 6: In Sunday night's MLB Winter Meetings Podcast for SNY, Rob Brender and I talked about what the Mets should do at catcher this winter, which you can listen to at the 11:30 mark here...