The Cleveland Indians have replenished their bare catching cupboard.
After trading top prospect Francisco Mejia and All-Star catcher Yan Gomes last year, the Indians had a void behind the plate and filled it Sunday by acquiring catcher Kevin Plawecki in a trade with the New York Mets.
The three-time defending American League Central champions sent right-hander Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty to New York for Plawecki, who played in 78 games — 64 starts — for the Mets last season. Plawecki batted .201 with seven homers and a career-high 30 RBIs.
Considering all the times Travis d’Arnaud was on the DL over the years, Kevin Plawecki was given many an opportunity to make a mark and become the Mets starting catcher and for various reasons it just never happened. Guess we’ll find out soon enough if we were better off keeping Travis instead of Kevin as backup.