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Catcher Rob Johnson has been removed from the Mets' 40-man roster. After clearing waivers, he elected free agency.
Johnson's departure and the free agency of Kelly Shoppach leave Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas as the only major league-capable catchers under the organization's control at this point. The Mets will consider re-signing Shoppach because his likely 2013 salary would match the organization's spending capability, but team officials were not enamored with Shoppach and are first expected to investigate other options.
Johnson finished the season on the DL with a torn ligament in his left thumb, which did not require surgery.
Rob Johnson #16 CNew York Mets 2012 STATS GM17 HR0 RBI4 R3 OBP.298 AVG.250 Catcher Rob Johnson has been removed from the Mets' 40-man roster.