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Mets acquire Yankees Catcher; While Young Star is on his way to return

The New York Mets have named veteran catcher Omar Narvaez for assignment. The move comes after Narvaez’s disappointing performances on both offense and defense since signing a two-year deal with the Mets last season.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Pat Ragazzo, Francisco Alvarez, who has been sidelined since April due to thumb surgery, will play back-to-back games for Double-A Binghamton this weekend.

The Mets plan to re-evaluate him after these games, although he is expected to require additional rehabilitation before being activated from the injured list due to the significant time he has missed.

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Narvaez, 32, struggled during his tenure in New York. He was hampered by a hamstring injury for most of last season and played in just 42 games, with Francisco Alvarez securing the starting catcher role.

Heading into this season, Alvarez remained the primary catcher, but when he was sidelined due to injury, Tomas Nido stepped up and took advantage of the increased playing time.

Despite a memorable walk-off hit last weekend, Narvaez hasn’t delivered much offensively this season, hitting just .154 with two doubles and a .376 OPS through 28 games.

His time with the Mets ends with a disappointing slash line of .192/.254/.259, including two home runs and seven doubles in 77 games.

To fill the roster spot left by Narvaez, the Mets have reportedly acquired catcher Luis Torrens in a trade with the Yankees.

Tomas Nido is expected to continue to start the majority of games, with Torrens serving as his backup until Alvarez returns.

The Mets have desperately missed Alvarez, as evidenced by their poor win-loss record in his absence. His return is eagerly awaited as the team looks to improve his position.

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