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Mets demote Travis d’Arnaud, call up Taylor Teagarden

The Mets demoted rookie C Travis d’Arnaud to Triple-A Las Vegas after Saturday’s loss to the Giants.

D’Arnaud, who recently described his play as ‘unacceptable,’ had been 3-for-26 since returning from disabled list for a concussion.

He is hitting .180 with three home runs and nine RBI in 145 plate appearances this season. He hit just .202 in 31 games with the Mets last season.

Triple-A C Taylor Teagarden will replace d’Arnaud on the roster.

Teagarden, 30, is hitting .279 with .402 OBP, 8 HR and 19 RBI with Las Vegas.



“I’ve just got work to do,” d’Arnaud said (ESPN, June 7). “I’ve got to find my swing. That’s all I really know. … I don’t know if I’m allowed to say anything, but like I said, I have work to do,” he said.

David Wright later talked to d’Arnaud and told him to treat being demoted as an opportunity to get back on track.

“He’s hit at every level in the minor leagues,” Wright told reporters. “Now it’s just a matter of going down there and getting at-bats where you don’t have the pressures of performing here. … He’s got to remember that he’s one of the best young catching prospects in baseball, and to go in with that mindset and, like I said, hopefully have some success at Triple-A and then be right back.”




449 comments
Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

Wheeler has talent, Gary. He needs to learn how to pitch in mlb. Colon will help him this year. D'Arnaud is a bust. Does anyone hold these scouts and experts accountable? Top 10 prospect? Who said?

Keith John Whiteside
Keith John Whiteside

I was surprised since we don't have an everyday catcher to take his place. But in retrospect, they kept Ike up to work out his problem and it became worse. So instead of ruining TdA he needed to go down. He doesn't have confidence and is trying to uppercut to hit homeruns. He's not a HR hitter, he rakes line drives for singles and doubles. Hope he finds his swing soon.

Barry Osborn
Barry Osborn

It's ironic because I said Travis was a bust on mets blog last year, just to be chastised and made fun of. He never showed any hitting ability at the major league level, and I'm surprised he didn't get sent down earlier.

Valerie Pavao Ferber
Valerie Pavao Ferber

I hope it is because he wasn't ready, and not just another less than mediocre player. With that being said, this team needs a lot more done, because right now, they are unwatchable.

semperfi
semperfi

There are many weaknesses in this lineup but the biggest at the moment is dArnaud and it can't be ignored, by sending him down he can back on track and rebuild his confidence without the pressure of being in the MLB, by leaving him on the big league team struggling this bad will only add to his problems, TA's problems were extending past his hitting, PB and a very low % of runners being thrown out plus the team ERA is a half run higher with him catching, hitting was not the only problem. Sometimes I wonder why they did not just resign Marlon for a year plus an option year, he led the team in HRs, RBIs and was hitting around .290 along with the fact that he was well liked by everyone, I would much rather see him hitting 5th behind Wright and Granderson with Duda batting 6th, would not fix all but it would be better then what they have.

Anthony BigAnt Smith
Anthony BigAnt Smith

Big mistake! He shouldn't be scapegoated the whole lineup stinks! He should stay up here and continue playing so he can learn the league and the pitchers more. Next year I think he'll perform to his potential.

speedygo
speedygo

Should we stop voting for d'Arnaud on the 2014 All-Star Ballot?  Does he still get to go to Minneapolis if he's still in Las Vegas?  So many questions that really don't need to be answered.

Mark Capo LaTorraca
Mark Capo LaTorraca

Thanks for teasing all us Mets fans again in thinking you were a good team...see ya next year! Please fire Collins!! Send down the whole front office while youre at it! Bring back Davey Johnson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Liam Hanrahan
Liam Hanrahan

About frickin time! I'm a Met Fan, but he is a ZERO. Rekkar understands the game, better.

Joan Dunleavy
Joan Dunleavy

Poor boy. hope he gets back up for another try.

Christopher Sennello
Christopher Sennello

The merry go round needs to stop, but this decision was actually correct

Lisa Falco
Lisa Falco

Keep sending down wrong guys....should read METS DEMOTE COLLINS BRING UP WALLY!!!!

Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

Glad we got snydergaard because the "experts" in mlb dont know crap. D'Arnaud looks awful.

Paul Small
Paul Small

so far just another bust on a very bad lineup....Now we can add catcher,  right field, center field, ss,  first base to what is a minor league lineup. You can argue the worst lineup in baseball...

Jim Pluchino
Jim Pluchino

time to send down the gm and manager. bring up wally

Rosemary Fland
Rosemary Fland

My personal love of RA may be slightly skewing my view of the trade but I'm not into getting rid if veterans and I'm not crazy about the starting rotation. Here's hoping he gets some run support and does well. In the meantime, let's get a few bats.

Joe Hottendorf
Joe Hottendorf

It's for the best. But I heard he has a hitch in his swing. That can't be fixed

Steven Kypers
Steven Kypers

Loved RA, but the trade was a no brainer... in 2012, RA had his career year, and the Mets starting Pitching isn't the problem anyway. Syndegaard alone is worth the trade, and d'Arnaud may very well still pan out. You do know of course that RA's era since traded is about 4.23 and he's 20-17?

Susan Mitchell
Susan Mitchell

They said that about d'Arnaud, too. I guess we'll see. Just hope they don't rush the kid and give him time to develop as a pitcher.

Steven Kypers
Steven Kypers

I love RA, but Syndegaard will make it worth their while even if d'Arnaud flops.

Steven Kypers
Steven Kypers

I have been a Collins supporter all along, but I've seen him make way too many dumb*ss moves. I have seen enough.

Steven Kypers
Steven Kypers

Finally!!!! Let him get his groove back, and build confidence.

johnmets86
johnmets86

Seems like sny studio guys are as bad with the updates as the mets are playing baseball.

Steve glen just updated the felix Hernandez had 15k's and the mariners bullpen blew it.seriuosly Steve gelb?it was the rays bullpen who gave up 5 top of the 9th and rays lost..wow you've been in the studio all day and can't get an update right??

johnmets86
johnmets86

Mets look really lost at the plate,collectively I'm not sure there's a worse lineup in baseball.

Hate to backtrack to the offseason but sandy alderson struck out in free agency.

How's Nelson Cruz looking sandy?

John Schod
John Schod

This whole theory about taking pitches early in the count to run up the opposing pitcher's count is totally absurd. I have seen more Mets lay off great pitches early in the count instead of being aggressive. It's pitiful! As Keith says, if you want to get a pitcher out of the game, then beat him into submission.


d'Arnaud and others are being destroyed by an ill-fated philosophy!!


monstah
monstah

People STILL defending Collins don't know anything about what a truly talented manager can do with young talent.

monstah
monstah

Duda - show a THREAD of consistency - one game you look like a powerful hitter and then 4 games in a row - you look horrible with the bat! Soup hits - play him!

Chaz Marcum
Chaz Marcum

Wow, it's about time d'Arnaud was sent down, and I don't know about you all but for me this d'Arnaud character reminds me of a Niickeas or Thole defensively because neither of those guys could throw anyone out either and passed ball OMG, d'Arnaud should have way more passed balls then charged, because many of what the scorer's have called wild pitches were catchable by d'Arnaud and he was just to slow to get the glove there.  I mean for me d'Arnaud has been terrible at the plate and half -ass'd defensively the entire year and for a supposed top catching prospect I expected more, especially defensively.  The Mets just need to stop using this kid's sub-par bat as an excuse to demote him because if you been watching this kid all year, defensively he doesn't even rate avg to be in the majors and yet all I hear from the announcers (Darling, Hernandez) are glowing comments about this supposed fantastic catching prospect and he has yet to materialize even defensively, let alone offensively.  Travis catching is not for you, try shortstop.

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

You would think this would disrupt the pitching staff.  If d'Arnaud's only problem is hitting, it would seem better to let him work on it up here. Maybe his hitting is starting to affect his catching??

jetjoe
jetjoe

The Mets will be looking for a Major league catcher at the trading deadline in July. It's obvious

d'Arnaud is not the prospect that was advertised

When they made the trade last year. He needs to get on a weight training program. He seems very

Small to be a regular everyday catcher.

jetjoe
jetjoe

This is the best thing to do right now

He's struggling so bad that there is no way he

Is going to get out of it while he is playing in NY.

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

With Tyler Teagarden coming up, the stadium should start playing Jack Teagarden's "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" in honor of young Mr. Teagarden and all of us Mets fans.

Susan Meyer Van Nostrand
Susan Meyer Van Nostrand

Oh and Keith is rambling on about himself because of it. Gary Cohen where are you when we need you to reel him in.

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

Mets fire Alderson, Collins, Pitching coach, Bullpen coach. Let me now when that happens. Who is teaching base running? What happened to All Star Wright? Seems lost at plate. Makes difficult plays, BUT makes bonehead plays on routine plays.

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

@John Schod The old hitting coach is gone but still using same philosophy. Look at good pitches, swing at bad pitches.

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

@C Nerrie Have you seen d'Arnaud give his pitcher's a target to throw too? His glove doesn't come up til almost as the pitcher is throwing. The Pitchers always seem to be shaking off the catcher, no matter who it is. Hopefully the Mets will start looking at available 24-27 year old's available in trades who can hit, run and catch. Dare I say that if some of our deadwood went to a  better park, they would be much better players.

Sonido Latino
Sonido Latino

@jetjoe So after 227 major league ABs, you have determined that D'Arnaud cannot hit in the majors.


That is not even HALF a season.


The guy has hit at every level.

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

@TheTrueStork Mets used to have experienced catchers to train the new crop. Now all they have is the new crop trying to learn on the job. Not a good scenario. Using the catcher's position as a training ground and musical chairs does not a good pitching staff make.

Starz31
Starz31

@Charles Gustafson @jetjoe in less than half a season. Exactly. He's missed a lot of time the past couple of years, he just needs to play. And if he never regains his stroke in AAA, in Las Vegas of all places, then he was't meant to be.