Mets DFA Travis d’Arnaud, Should’ve Kept Devin Mesoraco

28 Apr

The New York Mets designated Travis d’Arnaud for assignment Sunday, one day after the slumping catcher was booed repeatedly by fans at Citi Field.

D’Arnaud missed most of last season because of an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. He had gotten off to a slow start this season, with only two hits in his first 23 at-bats.

The Mets announced the roster move before Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Catcher Tomas Nido was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.

Mets fans booed d’Arnaud before his first-at bat in the second inning and again after he struck out in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 8-6 loss to the Brewers.

A rough night got worse three innings later, when d’Arnaud was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, drawing more boos.

I’ve said this before. It was a huge mistake for the Mets to let Devin Mesaraco go this past off-season. Huge. Mesaraco was great with Jacob deGrom last year, could hit with power and wasn’t a defensive liability behind the plate. Instead they went with the injury-prone d’Arnaud, degrom is now struggling mightily and now d’Arnaud is gone. SMH.

Could The Mets Carry 3 Catchers On Their Roster?

3 Mar

Travis D'Arnaud

D’Arnaud said he had completed all the steps necessary to get back on the field and Callaway added that the final steps included “live throwing, [facing] live runners, getting his footwork synced up. He’s doing really well.”

The catcher’s status remains uncertain, even if he does prove himself to be healthy.

The Mets added Wilson Ramos in the offseason on a two-year deal worth $19 million and signed Devin Mesoraco, a favorite of NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom, late in the offseason.

D’Arnaud was tendered a contract worth $3.52 million, but if the Mets let him go before the end of spring training, they’d have to pay just 25 percent of that amount.

Is it possible that the Mets could keep all 3 catchers on their roster for Opening Day? Other teams have done it and I believe that Mesoraco and even D’Arnaud could play some 1st base.

Wilmer Flores Is Now a Free Agent, But Mets Offer Travis d’Arnaud

1 Dec

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The Mets failed to offer a 2019 contract to Wilmer Flores, allowing the infielder to become a free agent.

Flores hit .267 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 126 games this year, when he made $3.4 million. He endeared himself to Mets fans when he got emotional during a game against San Diego on July 29, 2015, believing media reports he had been traded to Milwaukee. The proposed swap for Carlos Gomez fell through, and two days later Flores hit a game-ending 12th-inning homer to beat Washington.

New York did offer a contract to catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who was limited to four early season games this year by a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that required Tommy John surgery. D’Arnaud, on the disabled list for the fifth straight season, had a $3,475,000 salary.

Does making an offer to d’Arnaud mean that the Mets aren’t going to be pursuing a new starting catcher? d’Arnaud can’t throw and he’s injury-prone. But the guess here is that keeping him around as a back-up would be more beneficial than letting him go because he can hit with a little power and knows the Mets pitching staff so well. As for Wilmer, of course he’s fan favorite, being home grown and coming up with big hits for the Amazin’s time and time again. But if he can’t come back here because of playing time or whatever, hopefully he gets a starting job somewhere else with an opportunity to make much more money, which he deserves.

Mets Shouldn’t Worry About Who’s Catching Right Now

14 Apr

darnaud plawecki

The pick-ins out there are pretty slim right now anyway. But what with an 11-1 start, my guess is that Thomas Nido and whoever backs him up can hold down the fort until Kevin Plawecki gets back in a couple of weeks or so. Of course, it’d be nice, with Travis d’Arnaud out for the season, if Plawecki could stay healthy for the rest of the year and take advantage of his opportunity to be a fulltime starting catcher, but with injuries you never know. Still, with the Mets hot start, as long as they keep winning, they can worry about who’s behind the plate later.