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Mets on verge of signing Paulino

Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:05 am
Edited on: December 7, 2010 11:29 am
The Mets are on the verge of signing Ronny Paulino, which would be GM Sandy Alderson's first major-league contract as Mets GM as Jorge Arangure of ESPN reports.

Paulino has been with the Marlins the last two seasons serving as platoon catcher as he can hit lefties rather well. His career OPS against them is .881, as opposed to .635 against right-handers. Paulino finished with a .259/.311/.354 mark in 344 plate appearances for the Fish.

Paulino will back up Josh Thole, although Paulino could eventually emerge in a platoon situation. It will have to wait until the ninth game of the season, however, as Paulino still has eight games to serve on his 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs that angered a Marlins organization already thin on backstop options when starter John Baker went down with a season-ending injury. Florida was forced to finish the season with Brett Hayes and Brad Davis, a scary prospect.

UPDATE : Hmm, not so fast. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Mets are not signing Paulino, but has yet to verify the details. This is very hard-hitting news, so we'll be sure to stay on top of this.

-- Evan Brunell

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