Tomas Nido became a preferred option behind the plate for Mets starting pitchers last season, but his anemic bat cost him additional opportunities to play.
The 26-year-old catcher hit only .191/.231/.316 in 50 games last season, prompting him to hire a swing instructor in the offseason. When spring training was suspended on March 12 because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Nido was in a battle with veteran Rene Rivera for the backup job. Nido, who is without minor league options, was considered the favorite to begin the season with the club.
If Nido can show even decent improvement offensively he may have a long career with the Mets.
“He will probably be a guy that plays 10 or 11 years in the big leagues just because he can catch and throw,” a National League executive said. “He just hasn’t made any offensive adjustments, and it’s swing first and then deal with everything later.”
Nido represented the Mets in the All-Star Futures Game in 2017. His big-league debut came later that season, and the following year he played 34 games behind the plate as a backup to Kevin Plawecki and hit .167/.200/.238 with one homer and…