Mets interested in Miguel Olivo?

Posted: October 29, 2012 in Hot Stove, News
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By Steven Inman

After reports that the Mets were looking to upgrade from Kelly Shoppach new reports have come out that the Mets are interested in catcher Miguel Olivo. The Mets were in on Olivo at the trade deadline before eventually acquiring Kelly Shoppach, who is not expected to return. The 34-year-old Olivo posted a woeful .239 OBP this season, which was the worst for someone with 300 plate appearances since 2008. But, Olivo does have some pop, having put up seven straight seasons with at least 12 home runs. The Mariners last week declined his $3 million option for 2013.

Olivo went into the season as the Mariners catcher but lost his job to John Jaso as the season went on. With Jesus Montero as the full-time DH and getting some time in at catcher, there doesn’t appear to be any room for Olivo on Seattle’s roster. With top prospect Mike Zunino on the immediate horizon the Mariners may be looking to deal a catcher in addition to losing Olvio. Zunino was drafted 3rd overall out of the University of Florida in this years draft. He has developed quickly and could be the first prospect up at the big leagues from the 2012 draft sometime next year.

To me, Olivo at this stage of his career isn’t an upgrade over anybody let alone Kelly Shoppach. The Mariners were desperate for offense all year-long yet declined his option for next year without even considering bringing him back. Olivo has had a reputation for being a hot head behind the plate including getting into an altercation with Jose Reyes, when Reyes was a Met and Olivo was a Marlin in 2007.

Olivo has some pop but a .239 on base percentage means he is virtually unplayable even as a backup. While the Mets don’t have much money to spend at catcher there are many better options for the Mets than Olivo.

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