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New York Mets player predictions for the 2019 MLB season

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Travis d’Arnaud

Some were shocked to see the Mets tender Travis d’Arnaud a contract for this season. Now in a reserve role, the pressure is off. What can he give this team in 2019?

d’Arnaud has proven he is not capable of handling the role of full-time, starting catcher. However, with the addition of Wilson Ramos, he should be one of the best back-up catchers in the league. It is also possible he sees time at first base this season.- Allen Settle

As the backup to start the year, there’s not much to expect from Travis d’Arnaud. His batting line may look better because of less exposure. In the end, we will have wished the Mets upgraded somewhere else and chose a cheaper catcher as the second-string option. – Tim Boyle

d’Arnaud will get playing time in 2019. Catchers get hurt all of the time and d’Arnaud will have to step up. He may spend time in AAA if his throwing arm isn’t in good shape coming off surgery. – Mark Sales

Even though he won’t be used as much behind the plate this year as in seasons past, I can see 35 to 40 starts and 200 at-bats in total. He will put up similar offensive lackluster numbers lack he did in 2016 and play a sub-par catcher defensively. Also, I predict a DL stint or two sometime in mid-June. – Steve Malik

Out for the season by May. – Nick Scheurer

Does anyone doubt that d’Arnaud is the backup catcher now? Maybe he can get some time at first base, where the Mets are thin, but he’s a reserve player either way. – Kevin Strauss

d’Arnaud appears to have become the Mets’ back-up catcher. If he can avoid injury (which I do not expect since he has served DL stints in each of the last five seasons), the Mets will be lucky to have someone behind the plate who can get the job done. – Leen Amin

Strong bat, weak arm behind the plate, but now as a back-up and string bench bat. – Jason Dye

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