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    Heyman: Mets Could Non-Tender Travis d'Arnaud



    by CONNOR BYRNE

    October 27, 2018 at 10:24 PM CDT

    Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud is a non-tender candidate, Heyman relays. The oft-injured d’Arnaud is projected to earn $3.7MM in 2019, his last year of arbitration, but the Mets could deem that too pricey in the wake of another injury-shortened season. D’Arnaud, 29, suffered a partial UCL tear in early April, limiting him to four games. With d’Arnaud unavailable, the Mets ended up relying on Devin Mesoraco and Kevin Plawecki behind the plate. There’s also uncertainty with Mesoraco heading into the offseason, given that he’s a pending free agent.

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    Wonder if his arm will ever come back good enough to be an effective catcher? And, if not, will he switch positions to see if the bat plays?

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    • saxon
      saxon commented
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      his arm was never good enough to make him an effective catcher, it's his bat that made him an effective catcher...About the only position that really would make sense would be 3rd base, he's got good power but overall his hitting isn't enough to justify a switch to a corner OF or 1B...His arm might be good enough for 3rd, but after being a catcher so long, could he handle 3B?

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    Mets To Tender Travis d’Arnaud



    by JEFF TODD

    30 Nov 2018 at 3:09 PM CDT

    The Mets are slated to tender a contract to catcher Travis d’Arnaud, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (Twitter links). Things are headed in the opposite direction, however, for infielder Wilmer Flores, who’ll be cut loose.

    It’s a bit of a surprise to see d’Arnaud receive a deal, as he has dealt with a bevy of injuries in recent seasons, most recently Tommy John surgery that wiped out most of his 2018 season. He’s projected by MLBTR & Matt Swartz to earn $3.7MM.

    Flores, meanwhile, has been durable and dependable, but he’s a limited player. While he has been a solidly above-average hitter over the past three years, he also does most of his damage against left-handed pitching and has increasingly been limited to the corner infield. Obviously, the Mets felt his salary (projected at $4.7MM) was just too steep to warrant the ongoing commitment.

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    • #4
      I'm surprised that they tendered him and not Flores. d'A is not exactly a fan favorite, and Wilmer has a lot of fan appreciation.

      And I understand why they are letting Wilmer go, too, it's just the potential PR backlash.

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        PR Backlash won't be significant. Average fan doesn't really know much about Flores other than he was that guy that cried which they'll go "oh yea" when it comes out in the post, and then forget it all over again. Above average fan appreciates him, but isn't a big name that they are going to debate. Nerds like us are the only ones really delving into this.

        TdA might get more PR backlash only because people are frustrated there... hate gains more traction than love :/

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