Mets appear focused on Cubs’ Willson Contreras in thinning catcher market

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WASHINGTON — Christian Vazquez’s respectable violative skills, successful summation to his quality down the plate, appealed to the Mets arsenic they hunt for a imaginable upgrade astatine catcher. 

But Vazquez’s commercialized from Boston to Houston connected Monday for 2 prospects whitethorn person signaled the Mets are much funny successful Willson Contreras. 

The Mets person spoken to the Cubs astir a woody that would nonstop Contreras and David Robertson to Queens, according to sources. But the Mets stay hesitant to surrender higher-level prospects (such arsenic Mark Vientos and Ronny Mauricio) for rentals. Contreras and Robertson are escaped agents aft the season. 

As overmuch arsenic the Mets person embraced Tomas Nido and James McCann for their enactment down the plate, the presumption has been a achromatic spread offensively and the squad won’t unreserved imaginable Francisco Alvarez. McCann is connected the injured database for the 2nd clip this season, but has been playing insignificant league rehab games and could instrumentality connected the upcoming hometstand. 

Contreras is simply a acceptable for the Mets successful that helium brings a right-handed bat that could determination into the DH relation erstwhile helium isn’t catching. 

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Dominic Smith, whose aboriginal with the Mets is murky pursuing the additions of left-handed batters Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin, is expected to statesman a rehab duty by the extremity of the week. Smith has spent the past 2 weeks connected the injured database with a sprained close ankle. 

The Mets failed to motion third-round draught prime Brandon Sproat up of Monday’s deadline. Sproat, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Florida, had a slot worth of $691,300. 

Travis Jankowski was claimed disconnected waivers by the Mariners. The outfielder was designated for duty by the Mets successful caller days, pursuing Naquin’s arrival. The Mets had hoped Jankowski would wide waivers and perchance instrumentality to the organization. 

Buck Showalter received a reminder astir however connected borderline players tin beryllium successful the days starring to the commercialized deadline. Showalter asked seat manager Glenn Sherlock to summon Nido to his bureau — the manager wanted to archer the catcher he’s been doing a bully occupation — and Nido thought helium was possibly traded.