The Mets knew they needed to upgrade the catching position this offseason, given Omir Santos' game-calling issues and Josh Thole's inexperience. But the plan didn't go as expected when Bengie Molina spurned their two-year, $10-million offer and returned to the Giants. That left Omar Minaya with Henry Blanco, a 38-year-old backup, and little else, until Rod Barajas fell into their laps only hours before the start of spring training.
As it turned out, the Mets found exactly what they were looking for - a pair of catchers capable of making their pitching staff better. That's the subject of today's Mets Insider, where John Maine jokingly refers to Blanco as a "babysitter" for Mike Pelfrey. And Pelfrey doesn't have a problem with it either. From the Insider: