Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Catcher Johnson opts for free agency
By Adam Rubin
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.