Mets Sign The Cat
January 31, 2010
The Mets brought Smithtown native Frank Catalanotto on board by signing him to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. The Cat produced minimal stats last season for the Brewers. He will be 36 this April, and his career as a solid bench player is certainly winding down. The positive spin is that he is a solid contact hitter with a tremendous clubhouse presence. I for one do not mind contact hitters being part of my team’s roster. Strikeouts are a cancer for any team.
We have been reading for many winters that the Mets held interest in Catalanotto, but the move was never made for various reasons. Are we grabbing him too late? It is quite sad that the Mets can not produce a younger player from their minor league system that might be a better option than a player of Catalanotto’s ilk. What ever happened to Nick Evans?