The day Travis d’Arnaud was traded for R.A. Dickey, David Wright called the young catcher to welcome him to the New York Mets, according to a report from Anthony McCarron for the Daily News.
“I was so pumped,” d’Arnaud says. “I don’t know how to describe it. It shows he’s big on team chemistry.”
Kevin Kernan of the New York Post also traveled to d’Arnaud’s home to write a report on him for the New York Post.
“Believe me, after spending time with d’Arnaud and those close to him, this kid is a keeper in every way, along the lines of a David Wright,” Kernan explains.
D’Arnaud suffered a season-ending knee injury last season, which did not require surgery.
“I’m normal now, ready to play,” he told McCarron. “My heart just might beat too fast during the first intrasquad game in spring training.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I absolutely can’t wait to see this kid play next month in St. Lucie. From what I can gather, the Mets intend to start him at Triple-A Las Vegas, a) to delay his major-league clock, so he’s under contract longer, but also b) to keep him paired up with Zach Wheeler, and c) to give him time to ease in to the new situation and be 100 percent healthy. He wasn’t just acquired for the future. The Mets need his bat now. He’s 24. It’s time. I bet we see him in Citi Field no later than early May.