The Mets avoided arbitration with Travis d’Arnaud, agreeing to terms with their starting catcher on a one-year contract. The contract is worth $1.875 million, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed the deal.
That’s more than a 200 percent raise over his 2016 salary for d’Arnaud, who was eligible for the first time this offseason. The catcher struggled last season, his fourth in the bigs, hitting .247 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 75 games.
That production came on the heels of an impressive end to his 2015 season, when d’Arnaud posted a .820 OPS down the stretch for the National League champion-Mets. But d’Arnaud injured his shoulder early in ’16 and had trouble driving the ball when he returned. He eventually lost his job to Rene Rivera for New York’s stretch run.
d’Arnaud still projects as the Mets’ Opening Day catcher. He is a career .245/.311/.393 hitter over four seasons.
Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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