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Mets put faith in catchers Recker, Teagarden

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Taylor Teagarden and Anthony Recker are the backups to Travis d'Arnaud.Ex-Met John Buck reportedly is headed to the Seattle Mariners as a free agent.

And it appears clear how the Mets intend to handle the catching situation behind Travis d'Arnaud: Anthony Recker should remain the primary backup, with ex-Oriole/Ranger Taylor Teagarden providing competition.

Teagarden, 30, has a .206 average, albeit with 20 homers, in 467 career big-league at-bats over six seasons. He has an out in his contract on June 15 if he is not promoted to the majors by then.

Teagarden, who is not on the 40-man roster, likely would join Juan Centeno at Triple-A Las Vegas to open the season.

Only a handful of free-agent catchers even remain available, via MLB Trade Rumors: Hector Gimenez, Koyie Hill, Michael McKenry, Miguel Olivo, Kelly Shoppach and Yorvit Torrealba.