Mets take another trade deadline backup plan from the Pirates

The New York Mets have traded for Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Michael Perez. Is this a hint of what’s to come?

Could it actually be a quiet trade deadline for the New York Mets?

Despite Juan Soto rumors swirling, as well as being named as a potential Willson Contreras destination, New York made a flurry of moves the past two days that suggest fans should temper expectations (at least for now).

New York traded for Daniel Vogelbach, formerly a slugger on the Pirates, last night. He’s a fine addition, but certainly not the big splash fans are waiting for. Perez isn’t going to cut it, either.

Mets Get

C, Michael Perez

Pirates Get

Cash considerations

Ah, cash considerations. Somehow, you’re always the top-rated prospect in Bob Nutting’s farm system.

Michael Perez trade: What do Mets, Pirates gain?

Vogelbach has an impressive ISO, and is a solid power bat against righties. This is (hopefully) the first in a series of moves to address that issue in New York’s clubhouse. Robinson Cano ain’t cutting it.

Perez was DFA’d on Friday by the Bucs, so his acquisition was more of a formality. From the Pirates’ angle, they were surely surprised anyone would give up actual money for his rights. So why the hell not?

On the season, Perez is slashing .150/.209/.318. Given New York’s current catching situation, he’s merely a backup plan.

And that’s been the theme of the Mets’ recent moves — a backup plan. Is it too early to be pursuing such moves, or will the price for these perceived replacement-level talents only go up from here?

Perez is no Willson Contreras, who is also available via trade. However, the Cubs are rightly demanding quite a bit from rival teams, as an All-Star catcher of his level rarely comes available on the trade market, even if Contreras is in a contract year.

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