Early this morning, after last night’s game against the San Francisco Giants, which ended at after 1am local time, the New York Mets made a roster move that has been a long time coming; the optioned starting catcher Travis d’Arnaud to AAA Las Vegas.
This move should come as a surprise to no one, but as a Mets fan, long ago hardened by a ever growing list of questionable roster decisions, it is a bit shocking that they actually made this move. I applaud you for doing your jobs, New York Mets organizational decision makers!
d’Arnaud has been terrible this season, there’s really no other way to say it. In 39 games he is batting a putrid .180, a OBP of .271 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI.
I must admit that I had high hopes for d’Arnaud when he was acquired in the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto. What we were told about d’Arnaud was that he was an offensive catcher with some pop, which is exactly what this team needs, he has failed to deliver on the expectations in his short career so far.
At 25 years old there is still plenty of time for d’Arnaud to turn it around and become the player many people thought he would be, which is why this trip down to AAA was a smart move to make for both the team and d’Arnaud. He has thrived against minor league pitching in the past, so a trip to hitter happy Las Vegas should help him find his swing and regain some confidence before he returns to the big club.
I believe d’Arnaud will be a key piece in the Mets’ future successes or failures. They will be relying on him to provide some punch from a position where few teams get it. If he can fill that role the Mets will be much better for it, if he fails they will continue to struggle to find production from the catching position, something that has been true more times than not since the departure of Mike Piazza.