What is the Mets plan with Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck?

Posted: December 17, 2012 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanimages

The Mets two newest players Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck both plan to have significant roles with the team in 2013, so what is the plan for the two catchers? Keep in mind that d’Arnaud who is big league ready, would be eligible for free agency in 2018 if he started the season on the Mets opening day roster. If he spent the first 20 days in the minor leagues he wouldn’t be eligible for free agency until 2019.

That difference doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is for the Mets and other teams around baseball. The Mets will tell beat writers and fans that it would behoove d’Arnaud to spend a few extra weeks in the minors because he had a significant knee injury last season and didn’t play in a game after June. That is definitely a factor but the main reason is untitledservice time.

The Mets did the same thing in 2010 with Ike Davis. Davis was invited to spring training that year and tore it up but was still optioned to triple A Buffalo. He came up 20 days later and made his major league debut at CitiField against the Chicago Cubs. The Mets have invited d’Arnaud to camp but he will likely start the season with Zack Wheeler at triple A Las Vegas.

John Buck who has been a starter in the past, will likely be the Mets opening day catcher until d’Arnaud is deemed ready for the show. Buck, who hit a grand slam on opening day against the Mets and Mike Pelfrey two seasons ago, really struggled with the Miami Marlins this season. Buck, 32, had the lowest average in the majors in 2012 hitting just .192, but he did have 12 homers. Buck will be better off as d’Arnaud’s backup, which he will be when the young 23-year old catcher is deemed ready.

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