September 23, 2021

Travis d’Arnaud Signing Continues the Atlanta Braves’ Busy Offseason (Baseball Essential)

The Atlanta Braves have, undoubtedly, been baseball’s busiest team this offseason, as profiled on Baseball Essential last week. Their activity continued on Sunday, as they signed catcher Travis d’Arnaud to a two-year, $16 million deal. He will earn $8 million annually and is expected to begin the season as the Braves primary catcher.

d’Arnaud’s career path has been quite interesting. Once a top prospect for the Philadelphia Phillies, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the Roy Halladay trade and then was dealt to the New York Mets as part of the R.A. Dickey trade, which also sent Noah Syndergaard to Queens. By the time the Dickey deal went down, d’Arnaud was going into his age-24 season and was ready to help the Mets at the major-league level. Unfortunately, his tenure was marred by injuries and rather mediocre performance.

Over 407 plate appearances with the Mets, d’Arnaud slashed .242/.307/.412 (.719), while accruing 1.9 bWAR and 8.4 fWAR. After being cut loose by New York last May, he was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers and traded to the Tampa Bay Rays just five days later. In Tampa Bay he slashed .263/.323/.459 (.782) with 16 home runs. The…

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