Mets Sign Frank Catalanotto

The Mets have signed Frank Catalanotto to a minor league deal, tweets Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger. The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training, according to Bart Hubbuch of The New York Post (via Twitter).

The 35-year-old native New Yorker hit .278/.346/.382 in 162 plate appearances for Milwaukee last year, and he's mostly a corner outfielder/first baseman these days. Catalanotto is a .273/.358/.396 career hitter off the bench, so he could serve as the team's primary lefty pinch hitter. He's also performed significantly better against right handers throughout his career.

The Brewers and Marlins were also believed to have some interest in Catalanotto.

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  1. Sampsonite168 5 years ago

    Not sure what the point of this is after they signed Tatis.

    • rootman1010 5 years ago

      DEPTH… why don’t people understand the limited risk that goes with minor league deals??????? guys get hurt during spring training… guys under-perform during spring training… teams make trades during spring training… WOW

      • iwishihadaclue 5 years ago

        I like the move but how much depth do you need at 1B & OF, but none at the SP position?

      • Deanezag 5 years ago

        its a good depth move; but you can see why people are upset though right? It’s perceived that Omar is more worried about the 24th and 25th guys on the roster instead of the starting rotation; not saying its true, its just how it looks.

        • rootman1010 5 years ago

          there’s a chance to pick up an ok veteran lefty bat who can play outfield and first base on a MINOR LEAGUE DEAL. do you really think omar was too busy completing this deal to pay attention to the pitchers? this move and failed attempts at lackey/pineiro/garland/davis/wolf are COMPLETELY UNRELATED… the rotation is obviously there biggest need but this move is after all of the solid rotation candidates are off the market. do you want omar to just give up now that he missed nearly every off-season target? being upset about missing out on starting pitchers is all fine and dandy but there’s ZERO reason to be upset about this signing…

  2. TheFilibuster 5 years ago

    A good deal. The Mets have needed this type of all around utility guy for a while and finally have it. A good clubhouse guy, from Long Island, and a good bench player. Tatis just platoons with Murphy at first so Catalanotto absolutely has uses

  3. Cyyoung 5 years ago

    The guy can hit, should be a good pinch hitter, and platoon guy. This is a good signing.

  4. Great pickup….but what about when Beltran comes

  5. Great pickup….but what about when Beltran comes

    • TheFilibuster 5 years ago

      Then he’ll just pinch hit. But its a minor league deal, they aren’t losing much money over this even if he doesn’t start too often. And again, injuries do and will happen and his versatility will be exceptionally useful. A very good pick up.

  6. ophaq2 5 years ago

    Amazing….didn’t know he played baseball. I thought he just did John Madden impressions and starred on FrankTV!

  7. Nicolas_C 5 years ago

    The Mets NEED DEPTH. We don’t want to see the possibility of a guy like Cory Sullivan starting every day, do we?

  8. mets2010 5 years ago

    Great signing by the Mets. I met Catalanotto last month (great guy) and he said he is very close to Carlos Delgado.

  9. Guest 5 years ago

    I’m actually not complaining.

  10. This is probably my favorite offseason pick up for the Mets so far. A lot of people have said that he is like having a second hitting coach and he is just a fantastic clubhouse guy. And I’m sure he’s excited to play with the Mets after growing up in Long Island. Solid pickup

    • Robert Gaito 5 years ago

      The fact that this is your favorite offseason pickup for the Mets is proof just how poor an offseason they are having.

    • Guess you’re not a fan of Jason Bay..

      GREAT pickup for the Mets though.

      • Hahaha I love the Jason Bay signing. And yeah I should of specified I meant other than Bay this was my favorite signing.

  11. Jonathan Gallo 5 years ago

    What a great deal for the Met’s! As a Yankee fan I’d much prefer Catalanotto than Randy Winn.

    • Deanezag 5 years ago

      No, Yankees needed an 4th OF who can hit LHP, Catalanotto has a career OPS of .656 v LHP. Winn has a career OPS of .758 v LHP. Winn is also close to an elite defensive OF.

  12. The guy barely played the field last season. He’s a good guy, and used to be a better player, but really?

  13. amazingmets66 5 years ago

    Cat chose mets over the Cubs and a job at ESPN – that is still on the table for him if he doenst make the Queens bound team outta spring training

  14. stevejeltz 5 years ago

    I think his Madden impersonation is pretty much spot on. The others… not so much.

  15. stevejeltz 5 years ago

    I think his Madden impersonation is pretty much spot on. The others… not so much.

  16. amuro316 5 years ago

    The Mets have done alot of good, if small, baseball moves this year. Signing Tatis, Coste, Blanco, Fogg, Escobar, Gary Matthews Jr., and Catalanotto are all just good sense that help shore up the bullpen and the bench.

    And for those of you who think that the Mets should have broken the bank for, let’s say, anyone not named Bay, Holliday, or Lackey, you’re dreaming. Take a look at the 2011 free agents, as well as the Mets farm system (Ike Davis, anyone?) for clues as to why they’re not short-term mortgaging their franchise.

  17. RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

    Is Omar trying to make a new minor league team or something? He is leaving out something.PITCHING.Better hurry while they are still some pitchers on the market before they won’t be a decent pitcher to sign.Then they could have added players to fill out there roster spots/spring training invites ect.I can understand why Mets fans are so pissed all the time with an idiot like Omar as your GM.

    • Infield Fly 5 years ago

      Except that with a history of widespread injuries, the various question marks about the returning core players, and the poor showing from the utility corps last year, there is nothing stupid about providing more competent depth than the team possessed last season. This is not a case of “either, or.” The team needs starting pitching for sure, but it could also use a solid upgrade for the bench.

    • amuro316 5 years ago

      Why sign pitching long term when there are better options in free agency in 2011? Expect Omar to look @ trade deals mid-season if the Mets are in the hunt, or afterwards if they’re not. Makes no sense to pick up a John Garland or Ben Sheets when there will be better options down the line.

      • RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

        Who said to anything about signing pitching long term???

  18. amuro316 5 years ago

    So you want Ben Sheets at $10 Million? And Jon Garland at anything over $4 million?

    And somehow you complain about Omar not wanting them? Let’s be honest here: I would have taken a flyer on Sheets- but it would have been a incentive laden deal, AND NOT THE $10 MILLION DEAL he got with the A’s. Why? He didn’t pitch last year, and has a history of injuries. Garland? He lets up alot of hits, and manages to hide it by not walking many batters. Mets already have Oliver Perez. He’s not worth the money.

    Plus, like you said, the Mets might trade for Brandon Webb. But those pitchers would make that trade not happen by eating up roster space (and money).

  19. “We are going to get CREAMED by right handed pitchers and by left handed batters.”
    So basically you are saying that the lineup sux. (why not just say that.)
    F-Mart and Murphy are lefties. If the Mets get O-Dawg, that’s another switch. And if you think about it. A lot of the pitchers in the MLB are Righties, so those switch hitters are gonna get a lot of Lefties. Beltran, Reyes, Castillo (or Hudson), F-Mart, Murphy. That’s 5 lefties in a 8 player lineup(not including pitcher), that’s good.

  20. MeTsOwNyOu 5 years ago

    F-Mart is not on the team…

  21. rootman1010 5 years ago

    very good point actually…

  22. amuro316 5 years ago

    Ok, name me a catcher on the market? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? And Barajas had 1 good month; Blanco and Coste are defensive players who will help massage a young rotation and Josh Thole.

    Also, why the dislike of Castillo? He hit .302 last year with 147 hits (in 142 games), and had 69 Walks to 58 Strikeouts to go along with 20 stolen bases. How is that bad? Not everyone can have Robinson Cano or Dustin Pedroia. And those numbers to go along with a $6 mil contract is essentially a bargain. Wait for Ruben Tejada when Castillo’s contract is up. Not before.

  23. amuro316 5 years ago

    Ok, so you say he’s a bad fielder. What about the rest of the infield. Oh, wait. Delgado went down with an injury. So did Jose Reyes. Remember the fun Mets fans had with Ramon Martinez at Short? That made Alex Cora come back from a broken thumb early to staunch the bleeding.

    Mets infield was victimized not by Castillo, but by injuries. The Mets bench thinned out too quickly, and Castillo was the odd man out. Btw, look at Wright’s #’s at 3rd as well. They took a hit, too. And Castillo’s a #2 hitter. You don’t look for him to drive in runs; you look for him to Get On Base. Period. I know everyone wants the magical “OMG LETS HAVE EVERYONE WITH 90+ RBI ON OUR TEAM WHEE!!” but that’s not realistic.

    Btw, by your own calculations, Ichiro would suck. All he does is hit singles.

    Barajas is good defensively, but he was going to command far more money because of that 1 good month last year. Makes more sense to get both Coste and Blanco.

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