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Minaya said the Mets were still exploring their choices at catcher. They lost out on free-agent Bengie Molina, who re-signed with San Francisco, and currently have four options: Henry Blanco, Omir Santos, Chris Coste and young Josh Thole.
"If we need to go with the guys we have we will. But we are still talking to some other teams and looking at some free agents," Minaya said.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel ranked Santos as the early favorite to play a lot.
"Omir did a good job for us last year, he got off to a good start. The start is going to be very critical for us. We need to get off to a good start but understand that there are 162 games," he said. "He has some familiarity with the pitching staff, so he will probably be the guy, if you had to rank them."
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