MLB Rumors 2012: Cubs Have Discussed Geovany Soto With Mets

The New York Mets have discussed catcher Geovany Soto with the Chicago Cubs, but a deal is considered highly unlikely, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. The Mets have also discussed Colorado's Ramon Hernandez and Boston's Kelly Shoppach in their search for a veteran catcher.

The Mets already have a young starting catcher in Josh Thole, but he's not exactly a great player and the team has interest in adding a veteran presence. Thole, 25, has hit .271/.322/.325 in 240 plate appearances with New York this season, showing a serious lack of power even for a backstop.

Martino says that Soto likely would've became the starter, but New York no longer expects to acquire the veteran. He's struggled badly this season, hitting .195/.278/.345 in 194 PA's, but he's got a solid track record and he's arbitration-eligible for the final time in 2013, so he may still have some value to the right team.

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