The Mets have announced the re-signing of catcher Devin Mesoraco. He’ll receive a minor-league pact with an invitation to Spring Training. The deal includes a $1.75MM salary at the MLB level, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports tweets.
Mesoraco, 30, represents an important addition for the Mets. Wilson Ramos and Travis d’Arnaud presently sit atop the depth chart, but the latter (who has a non-guaranteed, $3,515,000 arbitration salary) remains a candidate to be traded or cut loose if the club sees an opportunity or prefers to save some cash.
Returning to the Mets makes sense for Mesoraco, though it’s surely a disappointment to do so without a roster spot. He suited up for 66 games with the club last year after coming over from the Reds in exchange for Matt Harvey — a swap that came together after both players ran out of chances with their original organizations.
Mesoraco turned things around at the plate upon landing in New York, though he didn’t sustain a hot start. Ultimately, he provided the Mets with 229 plate appearances of .222/.306/.409 hitting and swatted ten home runs. He turned in middling framing numbers and isn’t generally regarded as a standout defender, though Mesoraco did strike up a rapport with Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom.