Mike's Mets Player Review Series: Travis d'Arnaud
Now that the 2018 season is over for the New York Mets, we have been looking back at the year that was. After taking a more general view of the offense, pitching, and coaching staff, it’s time to take a look back at the Mets’ players. This series will take a look at every player on the roster for the Mets at the end of season from B (Tyler Bashlor) to Z (Daniel Zamora). The review will look at their season statistics, stories, and what role (if any) they will have next season. We continue the series today with a look at catcher Travis d’Arnaud.
Player Review: Travis d’Arnaud
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud (18) gets an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
2018 Stats: 4 Games, 15 At Bats, .200 Batting Average, 3 Hits, 1 Home Run, 3 RBI’s, 1 Run Scored, .650 OPS
Story: After a solid finish to the 2017 season, Travis d’Arnaud entered 2018 in a time share with Kevin Plawecki. d’Arnaud was on the lesser half of the platoon for the first two weeks of the season, but that ended with a thud. At some point over the course of those two weeks, d’Arnaud tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. As a result, d’Arnaud underwent Tommy John surgery, ending his season and possibly his Mets’ career.
d’Arnaud was already losing playing time to Plawecki before the Tommy John surgery ended his season. This is yet another set back for a talented but extremely injury prone player.
Contract Status: Arbitration Eligible (Third and Final Time)
Odds of Returning: 30%
2019 Role: Backup Catcher (Likely Elsewhere)
The Mets have to make a decision on d’Arnaud, who is eligible for arbitration one more time before hitting free agency. d’Arnaud made $3.5 million in 2018, and at worst will earn $3.1 million through arbitration this season. That is a significant chunk of change to invest in a player who can barely stay on the field, and the Mets haven’t gotten a ton of production out of d’Arnaud even when he is healthy. The Mets need to upgrade at the position, so the odds are that d’Arnaud is non-tendered and the team uses the savings to find a new starting catcher in free agency.
Check back soon as our Player Review Series continues with a look at starting pitcher Jacob deGrom!