The Mets released Caleb Joseph from his split contract with the team, MLBTR has learned. The move took place last week. Joseph signed with New York in February and was a late cut at the end of Spring Training camp.
A veteran of seven big league seasons, Joseph is best known for his time as a backup and part-time catcher with the Orioles from 2014-18. He also appeared in 20 games with the Diamondbacks in 2019 and three games back in the AL East with the Blue Jays last season. Joseph has hit .222/.270/.351 with 32 home runs over 1367 career plate appearances in the majors, but is better known for his defense, particularly his pitch-framing and his ability to throw out baserunners.
Joseph’s release leaves the Mets without much experienced catching depth at the Triple-A level, though the club added another backstop by claiming Deivy Grullon off waivers from the Rays last week. Grullon, Bruce Maxwell, and Patrick Mazeika are the top depth options behind the MLB catching combo of James McCann and Tomas Nido.