Mets Designate Frank Catalanotto For Assignment

The Mets designated Frank Catalanotto for assignment, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com (via Twitter). The Mets have called Chris Carter up to replace the 36-year-old utility man. Catalanotto hit .167/.200/.208 for the Mets in 25 plate appearances this year, almost exclusively off the bench. Catalanotto will have his career .296/.360/.456 line against righties to point to if the Mets release him.

Carter has just 26 big league plate appearances to his name, but he is hitting well at Triple A Buffalo. His .339/.395/.615 line was enough to impress the Mets front office. The 27-year-old's 132 minor league homers suggest he could provide the Mets with some power.


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48 Comments on "Mets Designate Frank Catalanotto For Assignment"


5 years 3 months ago

I don’t understand how this guy lost a starting job, he was always solid, even enough to at least warrant a major league contract.

metfan31
5 years 3 months ago

He lost it because he was batting .167, and he’s 36.

5 years 3 months ago

Now, not when he first got shafted out of a major league deal.

diehardmets
5 years 3 months ago

Finally.

philpbarnes
5 years 3 months ago

I hope Chris Carter does well. Never really got a chance when he was with the red sox, which I always thought was a bit of a shame. Could do with him at DH right now! :-)

Anyway, I hope he sticks in the bigs with the Mets.

johnsilver
5 years 3 months ago

I agree. Probably because he is a fair at best 1b is why he never had a chance in Boston and Youk,ortiz clogging up those 2 positions for the Sox the last few years at 1B and DH. DH is really only position think he is suited for anyway, mets not going to get much range from what have read about him, just hope that his minor league power translates in a hurry, which I hope it does.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

now all we need is for HoJo to get reassigned to 1st base coach, Razor Shines needs to get the boot. Dave Jauss can be the bench coach. We need another hitting instructor…and we need to stop babying David Wright…if not for DW, Hojo would’ve been fired in 2009. I know they want to make DW the face of the franchise…but at what cost…the man is striking out at an alarming rate…i cant remember the last time he had a clutch hit ( WBC against PR ? ) …the mets have based a critical team decision around a player who is a great role player but has never proven he can lead a team.

nym2010
5 years 3 months ago

Terrific move, its just too bad it took so long. Now only if they can get rid of the bigger stiff — Gary Matthews Jr. — next…..

basemonkey
5 years 3 months ago

Dumb move. Carter has done a decent job thus far, but come on. He’s a organizational depth guy with some tools on a hot streak. I hope I am arong and somehow he manages to stay above-average all season long for the Mets. I really do, but how much would you be willing to bet on that? He’s gotten a lot of chances in different organizations already. I hate this for the Mets fanbase because it gives them a false sense of what to expect from this guy. The hype machine has already started.

That being said, from a Mets perspective, it’s not like they’re giving up a ton for him. Statistically they had to cut bait on Cat, but then again, I don’t think Catalanotto ever got a good enough string of starts to settle in. He never had a chance. I bet he gets onto a AL team like the Ms, Royals, or Orioles who have struggling offenses.

5 years 3 months ago

Catalanotto was absolutely abominable. Carter cannot be any worse.

adropofvenom
5 years 3 months ago

Carter spent 5 seasons at AAA, hitting .303/.373/.499/.873

It certaintly doesn’t look like it’s just a hot streak.

And all that he’s been rewarded with for it is 26 whopping plate appearances at the big league level. So it’s not like you can really call him a AAAA player because he’s never gotten a real chance in the big leagues.

We’ll see what he can do, but given that he’s hit everywhere else, there’s reason to think he can hit in the big leagues. And I don’t get this hype machine talk, he’s being brought in to be mainly a pinch hitter. Never heard of any extremely hyped pinch hitters before, we’ll be happy if he hits above the .160 we were getting from Catalanotto.

PS: Catalanotto sucks.

dickylarue
5 years 3 months ago

I honestly don’t see any reason to get excited about Carter being promoted since the Mets have nowhere to play him. RF, LF and 1b all appear to be taken by regular starters. So he’s a pinch hitter. Whoopee.

The Mets are easily one of the most poorly run, managed and constructed teams in MLB. The money they get from being in NYC and having their own network doesn’t mask the ineptitude of the organization.

This move hardly matters. It’s not the one that tips the balance in any direction. Carter should have been starting at 1b when Murphy, who had no business being handed 1b, was injured.

The Mets can’t get out of their own way and I agree it has less to do with Omar (since he’s a puppet now) and more to do with ownership and some of the worst franchise players in the game.

Wright, Beltran and Reyes are all teases. They will never be what you think can they be and the minute you trade one of them from NY, they’ll become everything you wished they can be.

They are mentally weak franchise players on a mentally weak franchise.

5 years 3 months ago

Wright, Reyes, and Beltran are teases and mentally weak??? My god, you’re just dumb and wrong.

JD
5 years 3 months ago

I’m not sure if you noticed or not, but Jeff Francoeur sucks at the game of baseball.

He sucks really bad.

Calling him a ‘regular starter’ is a disservice to all actual legitimate quality MLB starting RF’ers.

Also you’re an idiot.

Jose Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Beltran were almost the only reasons the Mets were contenders for all these years. Omar Minaya has been completely inept at actually getting quality MLB players around these guys. Now these guys have had injury problems of late, and the entire team falls apart.

Nicolas_C
5 years 3 months ago

Francoeur has actually been a pretty good player this year. He’s taking pitches and playing good defense. If it continues, then he’s worth the starting job. His average won’t stay where it is now.

Wright and Beltran have been good from what I’ve seen, but Reyes doesn’t nearly resemble a “team” or a “franchise” player. Remember when all of the Mets decided to shave their heads, but he refused? It was also due to his laziness and stupidity that he wasn’t able to return from injury last season. Reyes is the definition of selfish.

5 years 3 months ago

You have no idea what youre talking about. He rushes back and people call him selfish or he takes his time and people call him selfish. Ike Davis is smiling so people call him a happy player who just enjoys the game, but Reyes is a showboat. Cora scowls and people call him gritty, when Reyes wasn’t celebrating in 07 people were saying he doesn’t enjoy the game. It’s never ending with this guy.

He was one of the best SS from 06-08 in all of baseball with 06/08 being unbelievable years. Then he tears a damn hamstring and people think he is lazy. Go and TEAR a hamstring and see how easy it is to come back. It’s posts like this why people absolutely HATE met fans. When Coletti bashed Kemp a few weeks ago dodgers fans had his back because they realize how good of a player he is, last year Omar bashes Jose and David and Met fans just agree. It’s outrageous. Every other team in baseball would take Reyes if they could have him, but Met fans would rather have Cora grounding out to 2B every AB playing SS because he has “hustle” or some other indescribable attribute that makes zzero sense.

Nicolas_C
5 years 3 months ago

Rushes back? haha…I have no idea how you could ever say that. He never even came back, so it makes 0 sense anyway.

It’s “never ending” with Reyes because everyone knows he’s a lazy underachiever that values himself before the team. He’s not even close to his true potential right now. He’s had great years, but he still hasn’t posted an OPS above .850, and I know he has the given ability to do that. Not a single person based a decision on him being lazy and selfish solely on a hamstring industry. I saw Vernon Wells play through a bad wrist the whole season without spending a day on the DL. His team wasn’t even in the race. If he can do that, Reyes can at least come back to play in September. But as shown by many instances he is selfish and just isn’t dedicated to helping the team. (you can read this: link to bleacherreport.com)

I’m also not a Met fan, way to jump to conclusions

iains
5 years 3 months ago

I’m having an X-Files moment

cecig22
5 years 3 months ago

Given Carter’s numbers in AAA, I don’t see how anyone in their right mind can think it’s not an improvement on 36 year old Catalanotto. To say that DW, Reyes and Beltran are weak is just plain stupid. I agree that the franchise has done a terrible job at building a solid team around these guys, i.e. GMJ – holy god get him out of there.

All that having been said, would it be a good idea to get Reyes to accept that he’s not a power hitter and that if he doesn’t get on base, his speed is of no use to the team (other than to see how fast he can get back to the dugout after he flies out)? Absolutely. Would it be nice to see DW actually relaxed at the plate again instead of looking like the kid that was picked last for the team and doesn’t even want to be there every time he gets up there? Yeah, that would be great since we’ve seen what he can do when he’s on.

These guys have the ability and bringing up Carter is a move in the right direction. Pitching is where these guys have to make some changes. J. Mejia – this kid could be a starter in a few years. Send him back down instead of wasting his talent in the bullpen. Perez – talk about a guy who will never be what you think he can be. Jerry can believe in him all he wants but wishing ain’t gonna make this guy a reliable starter. I would be happy to see Roy Oswalt in a Mets uniform heading into August.

dickylarue
5 years 3 months ago

Pretty much sound like mentally weak franchise players to me. Reyes doesn’t play to his strength’s. Wright thinks he has to hit 40 HR’s in every at bat. Beltran never inspired the fanbase or the team very much either.

It’s a bad mix of players. If it weren’t, they’d win and the franchise guys who didn’t get injured wouldn’t fall apart in season as much as they have.

When your best players can’t be consistent, it sets a tone for the team. You just hope this doesn’t rub off on Ike Davis or any of the other young promising guys who may come up.

If the Mets were mentally strong, they would gut their way through this stuff instead of turning slumps into landslides.

5 years 3 months ago

You have no idea of what you’re talking about

East Coast Bias
5 years 3 months ago

There are too many discussions going on and I don’t know which one to jump into! Mets fans are so divided on their team.

Spirit of '69
5 years 3 months ago

It is past time for Chris Carter to get a shot. He works his butt off, he has the numbers to justify a chance to play in the bigs. Hopefully he can provide a spark off the bench and push Frenchy a little bit. If he hits it’ll be interesting to see what the Mets do with Daniel Murphy.

If they can stay above water (or better?) until Beltran returns then they have some pieces to trade and fill some holes. Congrats to Carter, long overdue. Make us proud.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

frenchy is the last player that needs pushing…what he needs is PATIENCE…hopefully Carter joining the team will inspire more time in the cage for those on the fringe ( Tatis, Frenchy, GMJ )

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

Congrats to Chris Carter…2 run go-ahead double in the 8th inning in his pinch-hitting debut..

exmetfan
5 years 3 months ago

In defense of Catalanotto its pretty hard to get going with 1 bat a game here and their and in a new league to boot.The guy can play 1st 2nd left & right field if Manual had half a brain he would have rested one of his players 1 game here and their and played Cat to get him going. I guess he didn’t fit in with the make up of the team

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

good point.
unfortunately Manuel is managing every game like its game 7 of the WS.
hence why he was able to convince the Wilpons ( over Omar’s head ) that Mejia can start this year in the pen.

( although I must admit, K-Rod looks grossly over-priced right now and Mejia as a closer could save us 14Mil )

I still say I’d rather groom Mejia to be a SP and develop a better set of off-speed pitches…worst case scenario, if he doesnt work out as a SP, he goes into a closer role with a great FB, great cutter, good curveball and hopefully a developed changeup.

But Jerry is not thinking past this year and Jeff isnt this thinking past this week..and of course Mejia wants to be on the MLB roster as this starts his arbitration clock earlier.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

good point.
unfortunately Manuel is managing every game like its game 7 of the WS.
hence why he was able to convince the Wilpons ( over Omar’s head ) that Mejia can start this year in the pen.

( although I must admit, K-Rod looks grossly over-priced right now and Mejia as a closer could save us 14Mil )

I still say I’d rather groom Mejia to be a SP and develop a better set of off-speed pitches…worst case scenario, if he doesnt work out as a SP, he goes into a closer role with a great FB, great cutter, good curveball and hopefully a developed changeup.

But Jerry is not thinking past this year and Jeff isnt this thinking past this week..and of course Mejia wants to be on the MLB roster as this starts his arbitration clock earlier.

exmetfan
5 years 3 months ago

Catalanotto never got a chance to settle in,plays 1b,2b,of if Manual had half a brain he would have gotten him in a game here and their to get some at bats.Their is no Met tearing up the league.I dont think Manual even knew that he could play any position then outfield.I guess Catalanotto talked the wrong language to be a Los Met

exmetfan
5 years 3 months ago

Catalanotto never got a chance to settle in,plays 1b,2b,of if Manual had half a brain he would have gotten him in a game here and their to get some at bats.Their is no Met tearing up the league.I dont think Manual even knew that he could play any position then outfield.I guess Catalanotto talked the wrong language to be a Los Met

exmetfan
5 years 3 months ago

Catalanotto never got a chance to settle in,plays 1b,2b,of if Manual had half a brain he would have gotten him in a game here and their to get some at bats.Their is no Met tearing up the league.I dont think Manual even knew that he could play any position then outfield.I guess Catalanotto talked the wrong language to be a Los Met

exmetfan
5 years 3 months ago

Catalanotto never got a chance to settle in,plays 1b,2b,of if Manual had half a brain he would have gotten him in a game here and their to get some at bats.Their is no Met tearing up the league.I dont think Manual even knew that he could play any position then outfield.I guess Catalanotto talked the wrong language to be a Los Met

deadspy3
5 years 3 months ago

Yeah, all of this. Carter is now free! Pridie next. Then get rid of Jerry. Then Omar.

East Coast Bias
5 years 3 months ago

Common sense is not that common, my friend.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

what is the fascination with getting rid of Omar….?
u do realize that he doesnt have 100% input on roster decisions.

Jerry was pulling for MJ..plus Carter has no options…so the minute he slumps or becomes a liability…and they wanna DFA him…he is going to be exposed to being picked up by another team…and then u can scream at the mets for losing Wagner just so the Wilpons could save 1 million dollars.

deadspy3
5 years 3 months ago

By MJ do you mean Mike Jacobs? He is truly awful. Probably worse than Michael Jackson, and he is dead.

And how is Carter likely to be more of a liability than Smithtown Catalanotto, the magical .208 hitting cleanup man? What do you suggest, keeping him in Buffalo forever to protect him from a hypothetical slump-induced roster dilemma?

Omar, well, if you like $36m/3yrs for Perez, $24m/4yrs for Castillo and a number of smaller crimes (Bannister for Burgos the most notable off the top of my head) then I suppose there’s no issue there.

damnitsderek
5 years 3 months ago

Carter is having his last option used this year, so he can be shuttled back and forth between New York and Buffalo as many times as the Mets choose. Remember, he was optioned to AAA at the end of Spring Training…

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

No, I dont like Perez for 3/36…but since the other option that off-season was Lowe for 4/60, I think I’d take Perez. context is everything.

Aside from his injury affected 2008, Castillo has not been that bad. If you remember correctly, we had no 2nd baseman at the time and the only other option that off-season was David Eckstein ( who wanted more money than Castillo at the time Castillo signed ).

funny how Omar never gets credit for trading a couple of bags of balls for Santana, drafting Pelfrey…or Davis….or Niese…or Evans..or finding Mejia for 16K…or finding Wilmer Flores…or for trading for Pagan ( who has improved the mental aspect of his game )..or signing Igarashi and Takarashi, who show much promise so far. if Carter shows he can smash MLB pitching, he is another find for Omar…

Francour I am going to reserve judgement on right now. It looks like he was developing patience at the plate during the first couple of weeks of the season, then after the 20 inning Cardinal game, he has regressed into an impatient hitter again. If he can revert back to showing some patience, I can see him being effective again. He is probably the only real example I’ve seen of HoJo having some positive effect on a hitter. It has been painfully obvious for a while that the internal politics of the team have led to Hojo working alot more with the american players on the squad on their hitting. When we had the chance to get the best hitting instructor in baseball ( Rudy Jaramillo )…we passed it up…

for example, it was mentioned on SNY that in the early part of Reyes career, they tried teaching him how to bunt…but they have since abandoned that approach…
hmmm…
lets see…
one of the fastest guys in the Majors is on your squad….if he learns how to bunt, he can get on base more…and….steal more…and…disrupt the pitchers rhythm..and give the batters behind him more fastballs to hit….( when he is in scoring position )…but na…lets have him swing for the fences and pop up like Willie Mays Hays in Major League…and lets not hold the batting instructor accountable for that….instead lets blame the GM….that makes perfect sense ( even though we know Omar couldnt give HoJo a dirty look much less a pink slip )

5 years 3 months ago

How about:

Overpaying for Bay
Giving Krod a $17 mill vest when he was clearly in his decline
Giving Cora a $2.5 with a vest
Signing Valentin to a 2 year deal after a flukey 06
Marlon Anderson 2 year deal
Trading away Lindstrom, Bell, and Bannister and getting back Ben Johnson, Atkins, Vargas and Burgos
Not keeping Jesus Flores on the 40 man
Trading for GMJ
Signing Jacobs and Cat
Even trying to sign Bengie Molina
Bringing Mejia up when he absolutely needs to be in AA/AAA refining his secondary stuff
Keeping Jerry Manuel around (this may be the most egregious)

there are so many more that i don’t even wanna think about

adropofvenom
5 years 3 months ago

And how about stealing the best pitcher in baseball (at the time) for essentially nothing?

Outside of K-Rod, how about piecing togeather a pretty solid bullpen with minimal investment? (Takahashi – Minor League Deal, Igarashi – Small contract, Nieve – Waiver Claim, Valdes – Taken from the Mexican Leagues, ect).

Or developing talent under his watch like Davis and Niese and Pelfrey, and not blocking them with overpriced mediocrity so they have a chance to play.

Or how about signing Barajas for 500K (Looks pretty good right about now).

I’m sure I could point to just as many other wins as well, but the point is he’s nowheres near as bad as you make him out to be. Nevermind, most of your “mistakes” from Omar are pretty mild. God forbid that he traded away Brian Bannister and his 4.80 Career ERA! Or gave a bench player a modest 2nd year on his contract! Fire that man! The worst thing he did was give away Heath Bell, and given that he had zero success as a Met over multiple seasons, it’s easy to see why they gave up on him.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

its funny how people look at things out of context…

please dont mention Omar stealing LoDuca from the Marlins…Perez from the Pirates…Maine from the Orioles, Santana from the Twins, Delgado from the Marlins..
then dont mention the deals he passed down…

Zito..
Sheets..( in 09 )
Sheets..( in 2010 )
Marquis
Piniero
Eckstein

lol

people develop a real bad case of amnesia when it comes to players they were pushing for…

I can go on and on with the amout

Nicolas_C
5 years 3 months ago

You can actually correctly rehab instead of being completely lazy and stupid

Nicolas_C
5 years 3 months ago

Stop trying to create a subjective argument. I analyzed the situation and noticed how it was reported that he wasn’t giving his all in rehab, and also noticed that his team was getting out of the race as his original return time loomed closer. So he thought he could pocket some money and that it didn’t matter if he came back because the team wasn’t going anywhere anyway. I also added previous selfish behaviors into my analysis, as I might have given a player without a previous selfish history the benefit of the doubt.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

so lets ignore all the previous history of mets management rushing players to play through injuries that progressively get worse.

Lets ignore Santana playing through an elbow injury despite mets ownership knowing about it during the all-star break.

Let’s ignore Beltran being told to take a cortizone shot for a bone bruise…then the bruise doubling in size a month later. Now lets also ignore the fact that Beltran pretty much doesnt trust the mets ownership. management and medical staff.

Lets ignore Putz/Wagner/Schneider/Looper and several other ex-mets that have stepped forward and bashed Met management for forcing them to lie to the public about the severity of their injuries and forcing them to play ( basically to keep fannies in the seats )

Let’s ignore all the times they said Delgado was coming back “next week” even though everyone knew Delgado was done.

Let’s ignore the fact that Reyes might have sought an outside opinion telling him to shut it down…
he didnt get a haircut in 07, so he MUST be selfish
smh

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

yes, DW is not the player he is w/o HoJo, but pitchers have adjusted to that HoJo inspired player, and DW has not done well adjusting.

for example

the mets have been terrible in situational hitting since 07…..that falls on the hitting instructor…

with the bases loaded.

the mets hit .321 in 2006
the mets hit .287 in 2007
the mets hit .216 in 2008
the mets hit .220 in 2009
the mets hit .185 in 2010 ( so far )

ummm….I think its time to change hitting instructors….
im not saying to get rid of him completely, I’d love for HoJo to stay with the team maybe as bench coach or 1st base coach. but if Rick Downs can get fired after the team having had the success they did in 06….why is HoJo held to a different standard?

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

do u mean does warthen deserve the blame ?

the mets pitchers have walked more batters than any other staff in baseball 2 years running…and i think warthen is tied to jerry as peterson was tied to willie.

again…u avoided the question…if Downs was held accountable and fired for a slump that lasted from late May-mid-July….why is HoJo held to a different standard ?

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

it is all about results…for one…if the mets are at the bottom of the league in walks allowed and hits allowed…and have a sub 3.00 ERA and a winning record…no one cares…

if the mets lead the league in walks allowed and hits allowed…and have a plus 5.00 ERA and a losing record…then everyone is calling for the pitching instructor’s head…

and please lets save the baloney on the AAAA squad…that was good from June-September last year…the Mets have regressed in Runs Scored and Situational hitting since the end of 2006. My point is, Rick Downs, given a better track record and coming off a great 2006 season was given no rope…and HoJo seems to have all the rope in the world…despite all the stats i just gave u..

and as far as why they got rid of Downs,

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950CEFD71E3EF930A25754C0A9619C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

and

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B06EED71E3EF930A25754C0A9619C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

so because they were flat from June 1st – July 17th..( even though they were still in 1st place all the way til that dreaded September )…they canned the hitting instructor…and replaced him with someone that happens to be the face of the franchise’s idol…
so despite the fact that the mets have scored less runs…have stunk the joint in situational hitting since Downs left…the hitting instructor isnt accountable…

David, is that you masquerading as metsvilleslugger?

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

again…its based on RESULTS…what was the excuse given for Rick Down being given the boot in July of 07 ?

they were playing flat and had only won 15 games since June 1st so something had to be done to ” shake things up…”

well…

since July 2007, there have been MANY streaks of playing flat…and HoJo is the ONLY remaining assistant bench coach from that time.

Peterson was fired
Tom Nieto was fired
Ricky Henderson was fired
Guy Conti was fired
Luis Aguayo was fired
Sandy Alomar Sr. was fired
…again…why is HoJo exempt !?!?

and the fact that the mets went from batting .321 with the bases loaded to batting .216, .220, and .185 under HoJo means that for 3 straight years, they have been one of the worst situational hitting ball-clubs in baseball…

just as a co-in-ke- dink, they are talking about this on SNY right now…the mets are dead last in the NL hitting with RISP…

as they said in 2007, u cant fire the whole team, and the one common denominator is the hitting instructor…
we have a different CF, LF, RF, 1B, C…

face it, if this was not HoJo…he would’ve been canned a LOOOONG time ago