According to a news site inforum.com, the Mets have signed catcher Chris Coste to a contract that guarantees him a spot on the 40-man roster. From what I remember, Coste also plays first base and could offset the Daniel Murphy situation. Coste has hit well in recent years but last year took a turn for the worse when his batting average slipped from .263 in 2008 to .224 in 2009
Regardless of this move, the Mets need to look elsewhere for a first baseman since Coste will not carry the load and may not even be the team’s starting catcher. Daniel Murphy is clearly not the answer, and Murphy fits much better in a reserve role. Although he is a completely different kind of player than Endy Chavez was, they are both similar in that they seem to struggle with a starting job.