Mets C Omar Narvaez exercises player option for 2024 season

Veteran catcher Omar Narvaez has exercised his player option to remain with the Mets for the 2024 season.

The left-handed hitting backstop is set to have a base salary of $7 million next season.

Narvaez inked a deal with the Mets last December following three years with the Milwaukee Brewers. He’s also suited up for the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox during his pro career.

Narvaez suffered a calf strain during the first week of the 2023 season, which limited him to 49 games behind the plate. He ended up slashing .211/.283/.297 with two home runs and seven RBI.

Having Narvaez back for the 2024, assuming the team doesn’t look to trade him, gives the Mets a solid backup to Francisco Alvarez, who burst onto the scene in 2023 and appears to be locked in as the Mets’ No. 1 catcher for years to come.

Alvarez appeared in 123 games as a rookie, slugging 25 home runs with 63 RBI.