The Mets have claimed Chicago Cubs catcher Anthony Recker off of waivers. Recker is 29 years old and was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 18th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He made is major league debut against the Yankees on August 25, 2011. He bats and throws right-handed and also has experience at first base.
In 27 major league games over two years he is a .152 hitter with one home run and four RBI. He has spent eight seasons in the minors mostly bouncing between Triple-A and Double-A in Oakland’s farm system accumulating a .272/.351/.459 slash line. He also has 99 home runs, but strike outs once every four plate appearances, roughly.
There is no word yet as to whether this removes Kelly Shoppach from discussions to return or if its merely and stockpiling of catchers forcing one to win the platoon job in the spring.