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The Mets send Travis d’Arnaud down to the minors

Jun 8, 2014, 8:40 AM EDT

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The New York Mets demoted catcher Travis d’Arnaud to Triple-A Las Vegas right after last night’s game. In a corresponding move, they called up Taylor Teagarden. d’Arnaud was hitting .180/.271/.273. How much his recent concussion has to do with his struggles is unclear, but it’s not like he was doing particularly well before his injury either.

d’Arnaud, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey deal, made his big league debut last August and was almost exactly the same hitter in 112 plate appearances late last season as he has been in 145 so far this year. Of course, he is still technically a rookie, catchers tend to bloom as hitters later than other players and Las Vegas is a notoriously hitter-friendly environment. So maybe he’ll be feeling better about life soon.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    You call playing for the Wilpoons a life???

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      That Harvey kid seems to be enjoying his life…

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        If I were collecting loads of money to rehab with a cad-cam blonde on each knee, yeah, I suppose I would be too…

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    I was not upset that d’Arnaud was included in the Dickey trade due to his injury history. As far as I was concerned, Snydergard was the main prize for the Mets in that trade.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      So what were you happy to see from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Sure. Most of the injuries occurred later. Halladay was going to test free agency, so anything they got for him was a bonus. Unfortunately for Doc, he is now retired and never got that World Series ring. This edition of the Jays may have a better chance to win it all than the Doc’s Phillies had.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Considering his injury, Doc may never had a chance to try for the ring with this BJ squad, too bad.

    • Mark - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      You should be upset that the Jays included D’Arnaud in the trade, because his value at the time was greater than Dickey’s. There were a few reports that came out after the trade that teams were unwilling to move players for R.A. Dickey, that they would have moved straight up for D’Arnaud.

      So even if D’Arnaud never amounts to anything, the issue is that the Jays could have got a better player/package than Dickey if they had traded D’Arnaud straight up, and could have still had Snydergaard.

      That, to me, is the bigger problem – that the Jays either undervalued D’Arnaud or overvalued Dickey, or a combination of the two.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Dickey was the reigning NL Cy Young winner when the trade occurred.

      • Mark - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        I’m well aware that Dickey was coming off a Cy Young season. You missed the point. I’ll link you to the interview I’m referring too:

        “The Mets were willing to trade Dickey to a mystery team for two prospects, but that team balked. After the Mets got d’Arnaud from the Jays, Alderson got a call from the mystery team offering those same two prospects straight-up for d’Arnaud.”

        That’s not the direct quote, but it’s the cliff notes for the interview. In other words, another team was willing to give two prospects for Travis D’Arnaud, but they were not willing to give those same prospects for proven Cy Young winner R. A. Dickey.

        In case this is not clear enough for you, what this means is that Travis D’Arnaud, at the time he was traded for R.A. Dickey, had more trade value than the Cy Young winner. Other teams viewed D’Arnaud’s trade value as greater than that of Dickey coming off a Cy Young win. So the Jays should have been able to acquire Dickey for Travis D’Arnaud straight up.

        Instead, they ADDED Syndergaard, despite the fact that other teams in the league viewed R.A. Dickey as less valuable than D’Arnaud.

        That’s my point. It doesn’t matter if D’Arnaud never amounts to anything, it’s a bad trade simply because at the time, D’Arnaud’s trade value was greater than that of Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey’s, and even though other teams in the league thought so, the Jays ended up including Syndergaard on top of D’Arnaud.

      • Mark - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Just in case you’re curious about the actual transcript, I’ll post it here (link in previous post):

        Alderson: Well, I’ll tell you what’s interesting, Mike. We had been talking to two or three teams about R.A. Dickey, and we had an interest in a couple players from one team and we were prepared to make a trade to that team for those two players. After we made the deal with Toronto, we got a call from that team — they wouldn’t give us the two players for R.A., but they called us and said, “We’ll give you the two players for Travis d’Arnaud. Straight up.”

        Francesa: Really? Interesting.

        Alderson: Now at that point everyone had fallen in love with Travis, so we weren’t going to do that. And we’d fallen in love with the guy too.

        Francesa: So you turned down those two players you wanted for Dickey, for d’Arnaud once you got him.

        Alderson: Yeah, so we could have ended up with those two players plus all the other players we got from Toronto, but that’s not how we’ve plotted it out.

        This isn’t me using hindsight that Dickey sucks to say it’s a bad trade. This Interview was done about a month after the trade was completed, and the GM of the guy who traded Dickey is very clearly showing us that Dickey’s trade value < D'Arnaud's trade value. He has no reason to lie about it either. That's why I'm frustrated that the Jays included Syndergaard, because other teams in the league clearly showed at the time that D'Arnaud was worth more than Dickey, so the Jays included Syndergaard when they really didn't need to.

  3. adenzeno - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    The Mets are going nowhere- they might as well let him play in the Bigs…

    • uuddlrlrbastart - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Yeah, exactly. Losing is a lot less painful when it comes with some sort of hope for the future. Unfortunately Terry Collins seems to be playing for his job, so we get to watch Bobby Abreu stumble around and Matsuzaka pace between pitches.

      And I love how prior to yesterday’s game Collins said they have to be patient with d’Arnaud. And then he didn’t start last night. And then they sent him down.

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      I can see the Wilpoons cancelling the rest of their road games, yeah. Save a bloody fortune, they will.

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  5. bigmeechy74 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Another “can’t miss” guy that sucks. Along with wieters, Carlos santana, wil myers etc

  6. garybrian - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Just shows you that so far, the scouts aren’t always right.

  7. musketmaniac - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    His brother Chase has showed some skill, but hasn’t got results yet. maybe these guys are not the real deal.

  8. plmathfoto - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    I was saying all preseason they should’ve traded this guy for the shortstop they needed, his value would never be higher then it was before the year started. He’ll never hit major league pitching.

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