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Nickeas penciled as backup

Mike Nickeas

Mike Nickeas

#13 C
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM21
  • HR1

  • RBI6

  • R4

  • OBP.246

  • AVG.189

Mike Nickeas is, in fact, penciled in as the backup to Josh Thole -- a decision that appeared cemented the night before when the Mets cut loose Ronny Paulino.

"It's an indication that he's going to have a better chance than he would have otherwise," Sandy Alderson said. "Sure, I think it's very possible that he'll be the backup.

"We'll see what's available as the next few weeks pass. I read a report this morning that [Kelly] Shoppach has signed within someone [Boston]. It wasn't unexpected. We'll see what's available as we get into the new year. I doubt we'll do anything to supplement our catching other than having signed the Triple-A catcher [Lucas] May. But I'd be surprised if we do anything else until the new year with respect to catching."