As much as I hate to say it, it's looking more and more like Paul Lo Duca will not return to the Mets. It's a shame, because I don't think there's anyone on the market who will give us a significant improvement there, and he is a great team leader. Sure, he has some anger management problems (and I loved his fiery Italian eyes), and that probably turned off the front office, but he was still great for this team in the clubhouse. It won't be easy to replace that, and I don't know if it's worth losing that for a minor improvement at the position.
The best available option right now seems to be Jorge Posada. He's a free agent, but the Yankees have supposedly already offered him a big contract. The loss of Joe Torre might influence to leave, but it doesn't seem like that will be enough. In order for the Mets to take him, they will probably have to offer a bigger contract than the Yankees, which would be 3 or 4 years and quite a bit of money. And at his age, that's not a commitment I want to see the Mets make.
Our best option may be just to promote Ramon Castro to the starters role. He's put up great offensive numbers as a backup for us. Although we may still want to sign another catcher to maybe platoon with him and help him out, as Castro hasn't started more than 57 games at catcher in any of his nine seasons in the majors, and Mike DiFelice certainly isn't the one to fill such a role.
If the rumors are true....goodbye Paulie, thanks for the memories.