The Dodgers have signed catcher Travis d’Arnaud according to reports. The right handed hitting backstop was recently designated for assignment and then released by the New York Mets on Friday. The Dodgers have placed the 31-year old catcher on the active roster. In order to clear room, recently called up Matt Beaty has been optioned to Oklahoma City.
Reports indicate that the deal is a one-year contract and the Mets are on the hook for the remainder of his 2019 salary. The New York club will pay the 3.25 million dollars still owed to him while the Dodgers will pay him a league average wage. The Dodgers are essentially getting a veteran backstop for free. This makes us wonder if Russell Martin’s back has flared up again?
It’s officially official. The Dodgers announced they signed d’Arnaud to a one-year deal.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) May 5, 2019
The Dodgers will be carrying three catchers on the roster. We are all wondering the reason. Is Martin hurt again? I’m guessing the Dodgers don’t think much of prospect Will Smith. Or they don’t think he’s ready. Otherwise why carry three catchers? Dave Roberts stated the reason was versatility and they would be moving guys around. In case you were wondering d’Arnaud has played one game at second base and one career game at third. Other than that he’s been primarily a catcher.
As for d’Arnaud, the Mets cut him from their roster because he’s been injured and terrible over the last two seasons. Originally he was a first round (37th overall) draft pick by the Phillies in the 2007 selection. He only had 25 plate appearances for the Mets this year. In those 25 plate appearances he was just 2 for 23 (.087)with no extra-base hits. In 2018 he played in only four games. He’s been riddled with injuries over his last two campaigns. His last productive season was in 2015 when he hit 12 home runs, posted a 126 OPS+ and slashed .268/.340/.485. He did swat 16 home runs in 2017.
His list of injuries is long and extensive. Sprained left elbow. Wrist problems. He suffered a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow in 2018 which knocked him out for the majority of the season. In case you are wondering Chase d’Arnaud, also an MLB player is his brother. Austin Barnes is in the lineup for the Dodgers this afternoon for their series finale against the Padres at Petco Park. According to reports, d’Arnaud is in the clubhouse today and available for the Dodgers. Apparently d’Arnaud is a local boy, attending Lakewood high and rooting for the Dodgers during childhood. His favorite player was Mike Piazza. Welcome to the Dodgers Travis!