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Mets keeping Travis d’Arnaud in the majors

Aug 19, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

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While this news is hardly unexpected given what we heard over the weekend, the Mets announced this afternoon that catcher Anthony Recker was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. This officially clears the way for top prospect Travis d’Arnaud to remain in the big leagues.

D’Arnaud made his major league debut on Saturday after John Buck was placed on the paternity leave list. There was some speculation that the 24-year-old backstop would head right back down to the minors once Buck was ready to return, but the Mets now appear committed to giving him as much playing time as possible down the stretch. In other words, common sense has prevailed.

D’Arnaud, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey deal, is 0-for-7 with five walks and two strikeouts through his first three games in the majors. Injuries have been an issue for him in the minors, but he has the potential to be a long-term solution behind the plate.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    If he stays healthy, he could become a very good major leaguer. I see that he was hitless again today and still does not have that first ML hit. It should happen this week.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      So far in his professional career, he has been traded for 2 Cy Young winners (Halladay and Dickey).

  2. dondada10 - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    So they’re either gonna keep 3 catchers (which doesn’t seem feasible in the NL with a 12 man staff), trade Buck (who has probably cleared waivers) or demote Anthony Recker, which is most likely.

    If you’re Recker, you’d rather be put on the DL and collect major league money until September rather than play in AAA.

    • chill1184 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Recker was sent down already

  3. ptfu - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    He’s 2/3 of the way toward being a Three True Outcomes player. All he needs is a home run or two. Come on TdA, forget everything else and fulfill this random statistical oddity!

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