The Mets are in the market for a backup catcher, which is another indication that Plawecki opens the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

Rather than have Plawecki see 1-to-2 games a week backing up Travid d'Arnaud to open the season, the Mets would prefer he sees regular action and about 150-200 at-bats for the 51s, after which the team could promote Plawecki and have him serve as d'Arnaud's backup. New York is not enamored with Johnny Monell or the other catchers in camp and may not find that backup available, meaning Plawecki could end up breaking camp with the team.

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