The most interesting part of d’Arnaud’s role is will it be defined by free agency? Will the Mets actually go out and seek a free agent option? The answer is likely no. So that will mean d’Arnaud will ride into the season as the starting catcher. Kevin Plawecki did show some things down the stretch of the season and maybe he’s finally ready to be a viable backup.
As for his contract, d’Arnaud has two more years of team control before he becomes free agent eligible in 2020. Last season, d’Arnaud made $1.875 million. His estimated salary through arbitration is $3.4 million according to mlbtraderumors.com.