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Travis d’Arnaud could make the Mets out of spring training

Jan 18, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

Jeff Mathis; Travis d'Arnaud AP

The Mets aren’t likely to compete in 2013 and, as such, keeping Travis d’Arnaud‘s service time clock from starting would probably be a wise thing for the Mets to do. And they probably will, but Sandy Alderson isn’t saying that’s a mortal lock:

“I just don’t want to rule anything out,” Alderson said. “But at the same time, I don’t want to create false expectations for our fans or put pressure on Travis. He hasn’t played since last June (because of a knee injury). . . . As far as Opening Day is concerned, he could be with us. But we have a very capable veteran in John Buck as well.

Sounds like if d’Arnaud clearly beats Buck out in camp, the job is his. But if I’m betting I say he starts the year in Las Vegas.

Get it? Betting? Vegas? I, uh … don’t bother, I’ll show myself out.

  1. chill1184 - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I rather run the table with Buck and if Buck has a good first half, Alderson tries to flip him.

    • paperlions - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      I’m curious. What exactly do you think the Mets could get for a 32 yr old catcher that is below average defensively, with a career .303 OBP, that is over-paid in the last year of his contract?

      The only reason they have Buck was a salary dump by Toronto in exchange for getting better prospects in the Dickey deal (i.e. the Mets got a better package by taking on all of Buck’s $6M salary.).

      • chill1184 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        On its face I wont expect anything other and a low A lottery ticket if at that. However GMs tend to panic when the July deadline gets near.

      • mtr75 - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Considering he seems to think the Mets are doing just fine financially, I wouldn’t expect a very good answer.

  2. mtr75 - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    The further along we get in the Alderson era, the more I wonder. We trade the reigning Cy Young award winner and can’t get major league-ready talent back? This team is going to win 50 games regardless.

    The most important thing we as Met fans can do this year is not go to games. It’s pretty clear at this point that the Wilpoffs are going to have a hard time paying the debt due in 2014. We need to everything we can to make it as hard as possible. I’m even thinking about cancelling my cable just to spite SNY. This organization is doomed unless we get new ownership.

    • chill1184 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      You do realize that the era of forcing out owners via not going to games is pretty much over right?

      • mtr75 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Not when they have a $400,000,000 balloon payment due next July and they keep having to borrow money just to make payroll. You should really read this:

        http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/sports/2013/01/7050696/standard-and-poors-thinks-fred-wilpons-mets-have-yet-hit-bottom

      • chill1184 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        @mtr75

      • chill1184 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        @mtr75

        Reply fail on my part.

        Megdal seems to either forget or ignore blatantly obvious cronyism on Selig’s part. Wilpon isn’t going to get the McCourt treatment as long as Selig holds the reigns of power in MLB. I also counter Megal’s article with this one;

        http://freemarketsports.com/2013/01/02/ralph-wilson-incompetency-defined/

        Yes its the NFL but one cant ignore that the revenue sharing in MLB also keeps bad owners in place as well.

  3. mtr75 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Seriously, it’s time to realize the Wilpons are doomed. And them selling to someone who can actually afford to own the team is the only chance we have of ever getting out of this mess:

    “Standard and Poor’s projects attendance to eventually stabilize around 2.3 million. That’s less than what the Mets drew in 2011, a year when they lost $70 million. Stabilizing at that level either means unsustainable losses, or a vastly reduced payroll for as long as attendance remains at that level, barring a new owner capable of investing in the team and reversing this downward spiral.

    Even this level of recovery leads the ballpark to have “revenues grow by 2% and expenses grow by 3% for the balance of the debt term.” That’s not going to produce extra revenue for anyone, but rather a deficit to be covered by ownership.

    So the Mets owners still have a mountain of debt as 2013 dawns, while their effort to refinance it to pay short-term expenses and forestall a larger moment of reckoning have yet to come to fruition. Citi Field is a drag on their survival effort, not a boon.

    And an independent monitor of their situation doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.”

  4. pdonnellon - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    There is no way he makes the team at the start of camp. There would be too much concern about him becoming a super two and getting arbitration a year early. The mets aren’t win now and we all know how important finances are to them right now.

  5. jaybird22seven - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Travis will be your starting catcher out of spring training. He is big league ready now.

  6. pooinyourface - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    yea you cant flip buck, nobody wil take him unless he has 20 home runs at the half! HAH! good luck wit that

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