Aug 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d

Should the Mets Consider Trading Travis d'Arnaud?

The Mets have a lot of holes to fill. We all know this. We all also hope they fill them. We all may have different ideas as to how the Mets should approach this offseason, but we can all agree that we want those roster holes filled.

Whether it is through free agency or via trade, I personally trust Alderson’s measured nature and believe his general managing instincts will lead to the appropriate moves being made.

Should one of those moves include trading Travis d’Arnaud, who was a key player in the R.A. Dickey trade?

Through his Baseball Insider column in yesterday’s Daily News, Andy Martino brought up the idea:

Mets people say that they want to acquire a big bat in a trade, but don’t want to move either Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler.  Well, you have to give to get, don’t you? Rival clubs are going to want one of those guys.

One possible way around the problem: Moving Travis d’Arnaud instead. Some Mets people are really high on catching prospect Kevin Plawecki.  Is it wise to move d’Arnaud off another injury-shortened year, when his value might be down? Could the Mets even land a big hitter in exchange for him?  The initial thought here on both questions is no, but it’s something to watch.”

The Mets should be considering all and every angle to get this team back on the winning route, other than “making a splash” just to “make a splash.” I liked a lot of what I saw from Travis defensively, but it’s still too early to tell how he will do offensively. When he made solid contact with the ball in his time in the Big Leagues that saw him hit .202, his swing was real sweet and fun to watch. They shouldn’t be trading a potentially great hitting catcher just because they’re loving a current High-A catcher (who will probably start there in 2014 before hopefully getting an early promotion to AA.) They should include Travis d’Arnaud in a trade because it’s the right move to make at the right time for this franchise. We all know how hard to come by catching depth can be.

So many different ideas are going to be thrown around before February finally comes rolling around. As long as Sandy stays measured and doesn’t throw meat to the wolf pack, all and everything is fine by me. And in his time as the Mets GM, nothing has indicated he’s going to change this measured approach

Trade Travis if it’s the right thing to do.

Otherwise, I look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a ballplayer in the Orange and Blue.


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  • Eric Ohlson

    Don’t think Plawecki will start in High-A after 200 abs there last year. Don’t forget he’s from a big college program and those guys are usually fast tracked.

  • Chums

    I like d’Arnaud and agree he has a very good swing. Unless we were to package him in a trade that would bring someone like Cespedes or another proven hitter we need to keep him. If we were to trade him, however, we should sign A J Pierzynski for 2 years, at which time Plawecki should be major league ready.

  • Chums

    Still Plawecki won’t be ready for at least a year. If we must trade d’Arnaud, it would have to be part of a package that brings us a major league ready hitter like Castro, Cespedes or JJ Hardy. We also need to sign Pierzynski to a 2 year deal to bridge the gap for Plawecki.

  • Ryback

    If Texas doesn’t acquire Brian McCann, they could be a potential destination for d’Arnaud. Since they have a backlog at shortstop I would look to acquire either Jurickson Profar or Elvis Andrus. If d’Arnaud is going in the deal, Profar would be the preferred choice to come back as he is younger, cheaper, and probably a better hitter than Andrus. It’s widely known the Rangers have been interested in Jon Niese for some time and are looking to add pitching depth. Something along the lines of Niese, d’Arnaud, and PTBNL for Profar I think might get it done. The third player might have to be something of a little more substance given d’Arnaud’s injury history. Otherwise I target Elvis Andrus, who is probably the more realistic target. And honestly he is a great ‘fallback’ option IMO. He is a mere 6 months older than d’Arnaud but has already been in the league 5 years. He’s been in 3 postseasons, including 2 World Series appearances. He’s a superb defender and a solid bat a premium position. He’s also signed to a relatively reasonable contract at $14.75MM per until the 2022 season. If there is really talk of trading TDA and/or Ike Davis, then Texas is my first call.

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