Mets to sign backup catcher Paulino?

The Mets are set to sign former Marlins and Pirates catcher Ronny Paulino to back up Josh Thole, according to a report on ESPN.com. But a New York Post report later refuted that, indicating that the Mets are “working through a list” of free-agent catcher candidates.

Paulino, 29, hit .259 last season, missing the final 42 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He will need to sit out the first eight games of next season to complete the suspension.

The Mets had considered signing a more experienced catcher to back up and mentor the 24-year-old Thole, but opted instead for Paulino, a veteran of five full big league seasons.

–Anthony DiComo

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