John Buck and Travis d’Arnaud have been together since 2010, dating back to when Buck was Toronto’s starting catcher and d’Arnaud debuted in Blue Jays spring training camp.
Buck told the Star-Ledger’s Jorge Castillo, though he believes he can still be an every-day starting catcher for a big-league team, he understands his role on the Mets.
“I still have a responsibility to the Mets and to this team,” Buck told the Star Ledger. “Travis is my teammate. … I’m here to be a sounding board. … I’ll live with myself a lot easier that way.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m pretty sure part of the reason Buck wasn’t traded this summer is because of what he brings to this team in terms of leadership, and there is always a possibility he can be retained. The state of quality catchers in MLB is so thin, and there are so many young pitching staffs emerging, it’s possible Buck could receive a free-agent offer for more playing time on another team. I’d like to see him back on the Mets, but he isn’t worth overpaying.
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