The Mets could use Travis d’Arnaud in an effort to acquire a big bat, since some in the organization are really high on catching prospect Kevin Plawecki, team sources said (Martino, Nov. 7).
Plawecki was named the organization’s minor-league player of the year, along with 1B Allan Dykstra.
Plawecki, 22, hit .305 with a .390 OBP, 38 doubles, 8 HR and 80 RBI in 125 games between Single-A Savannah and High-A St. Lucie.
D’Arnaud played in 31 games for the Mets in 2013, after getting off to a late start with a broken bone in his foot. He hit .202 and struck out nearly 20 percent of his plate appearances.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
D’Arnaud is going to come up in talks… it’s inevitable. He’s still highly-touted and teams may choose him over some of the organization’s less exciting, still-far-away, mid-level pitching prospects.
The Mets refuse to trade Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, though I hear they’re very open to moving Rafael Montero. D’Arnaud could give a deal some added sizzle. I bet Montero, d’Arnaud and, say, Ike Davis, and a second pitching prospect could probably net a pretty legitimate hitter, especially if the deal requires a third team (which may be the case when trying to get someone from the Rockies).
Of course, this could also be an effort to talk up Plawecki, who the Mets could try to push before d’Arnaud…