Centeno On His Way To Airport, Should Be Promoted/Added To 40-Man

By Former Writers

August 1, 2013 5 Comments

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Well, this is…relatively unsurprising. See, a little earlier today, Joe D. wrote this in an update…

According to Adam Rubin, Travis d’Arnaud could join the Mets when John Buck leaves the team to be with his wife for the birth of his child which is expected to happen tomorrow.

I’m not buying this…

Joe D. Prediction: Catcher Juan Centeno, who must be added to the 40 Man Roster will get the call, while D’Arnaud continues to rehab. Centeno must be protected from the Rule 5 Draft this fall.

This made complete sense, because the Mets like Centeno and his top-notch defense at catcher, and considering he’s basically MLB-ready, he was going to see the 40-man soon enough to be protected. The Mets also had an open spot on the roster after releasing Shaun Marcum, so it was no issue to add him to the roster. I couldn’t buy into the TDA stuff from the beginning, but my heart had a flicker of hope…

In any case, Centeno is batting .302/.341/.713 across two levels of baseball, Double-A and Triple-A in 2013. He was never known for his work with the bat — but rather his incredible talent defensively. He could find himself in the back-up catcher role next season. I assume that Recker will get all the starts in Buck’s absence, but it doesn’t hurt to give Centeno a go.

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)