Jun 2, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d

Mets demote Travis d’Arnaud to Triple-A Las Vegas


A day after Mets manager Terry Collins said the club had to be patient with Travis d’Arnaud, the young catcher was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

To replace d’Arnaud on the roster, catcher Taylor Teagarden was called up from Las Vegas.

In comments after the game, d’Arnaud repeated different iterations of “I’ve just got work to do,” clearly upset with the decision.

Over 145 plate appearances in 2014, d’Arnaud was hitting .180/.271/.273 with an almost impossibly low .200 BABIP (batting average on balls in play).

D’Arnaud had been making lots of weak contact lately, which translated into him going 1 for his last 16.

Thoughts:

If the Mets had a roster to match general manager Sandy Alderson’s 90-win expectations and/or a catcher to fill in for Travis d’Arnaud who had upside, demoting d’Arnaud would’ve made sense.

However, the club is trotting out an inferior roster and will be replacing d’Arnaud for the time being with Anthony Recker and Taylor Teagarden.

In a year where the club is clearly not making any effort to contend, sticking with the catcher who is supposed to be a cornerstone player for the next decade should’ve been an easy decision.

Instead, the 25-year-old d’Arnaud has been dispatched to Triple-A to find his stroke.

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