Travis d’Arnaud is a linchpin for 2014

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I like signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon, however, they only effectively replace Marlon Byrd and Matt Harvey, which means next year’s team isn’t much improved over 2013.

Travis d'Arnaud 3 (Baron)

My hunch is the Mets will look to make a few more acquisitions before the start of Spring Training in six weeks. I’m hoping for Stephen Drew, maybe trading Ike Davis for useful pitcher and probably one or two minor-league deals with the potential to help the big-league rotation, bench or bullpen.

That said, Travis d’Arnaud is looking like an early difference-maker to me. He did very little at the plate in 2013, yet scouts and MLB executives have been praising his offensive potential for years. I get the impression people see him eventually hitting around .280 with 15-20 HR, maybe 70 RBI and a 3.0 WAR, while continuing to do a terrific job handling the pitching staff and being a leader on the infield.

This obviously didn’t happen last year, and I highly doubt he’ll make that large of a jump in 2014. However, he’s an important part of this team, he has the potential to change the dynamic of their lineup and the sooner that happens the better.




139 comments
hankincolo
hankincolo

The scouts usually have a clue and if the bulk of them think he'll hit, then he'll hit. What's also true is being a rookie catcher and having to handle the pitching staff has to be much harder than being  a rookie in outfield. So, give Travis time to show us what he can do. Usually by mid-May, you have an idea what a team needs to do, the same should apply to a player.

dtgaff
dtgaff

Fix Davis......dump Duda

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

it sounds a lot like matt is just reading the comments sections of his posts and then giving his own opinion as a new post

Kevin O'Driscoll
Kevin O'Driscoll

Neil, I agree, I'm a big fan and have my favorite players but thinking we know more than these guys is like thinking you know the stock Market better than the folks in the trenches and only 26% of them make any kind of success long term Enjoy the ride these next couple if years, there will be some bumps but it'll iron out in the end

Felix Montanez
Felix Montanez

Oh, boy. A catcher who can't stay healthy with a .202 BA is a lynchpin? See ya in 2015.

hrvwlzthor
hrvwlzthor

Matt,

I agree with you about Colon pretty much replacing Harvey, but how can you even compare Grandy to Byrd. Grandy is a way better overall player than Byrd can ever dream of being and his offensive potential is much more than Byrd's. You also forget the fact that Grandy's biggest asset to this team isn't even his production but the fact that he finally gives Wright some protection in that lineup which he hasn't had since Delgado was on the team. I don't care if Byrd hit 40 HR's last year, no pitcher in the world will rather give better pitches to Wright than to face Byrd. Byrd provided zero protection for Wright and you know why, BECAUSE HE'S FREAKIN' MARLON BYRD!!! Grandy is a left-handed power bat which actually provides Wright protecton because RHP especially will not wanna face him which in turn gives Wright better pitches to hit. Also, how do you not compare last year's OF to this year, last year's OF was a total joke. We had guys like Cowgill, Kirk, and Ankiel out there. We actually have a professional OF for once. And how do you not compare EY's production last year to what CY might produce. All EY does is steal bases, he has no power. When givin over 500 AB's in a season, CY averages over 20 HR's. I get your Harvey Colon analogy but c'mon Matt.

metsstrong
metsstrong

BINGO***** This team is no better than it was last year. Except that we spent $87mil more for the same type of players than we had last year.... Kudos to Fred,

Jeff, and Sandy...! You guys are perfect for the three Musketeers..!〽️

hankypanky
hankypanky

Some bloggers and unnamed scouts have nothing but accolades for d'Arnaud. I appreciate the optimism but I don't get it. The kid showed me very little last season and his performance behind the plate was mediocre, especially when it came to passed balls.. I wish d'Arnaud all the success in the world, but I don't understand the slam-dunk prognosis I keep reading about.

p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

I don't think that word (linchpin) means what you think it means Matt.

Donald Obrien
Donald Obrien

You're saying that people expect he may be hitting Daniel Murphy numbers.  That would be great, but why are some people anxious to trade Murphy, whose 2015 salary was just under three million.  Also Daniel's double plays were 2nd in the league.  His D is improving every day and he can play 1st or 3rd if needed. 


I like Travis and I think his offense will improve in 2014.  I also like Marlon Byrd.  Is he still a free agent?  He might be the solution to first base.  He hits like Granderson and is a great club house presence.  What do you think?

Neil Schuman
Neil Schuman

Mets fans crack me up with their insistence that they know more about evaluating players than Alderson.

dexx
dexx

I have to disagree.  We are vastly improved from this time last season.


2013/2014  Opening Day Roster


C- John Buck/Travis d'Arnaud  +2014

C- Anthony Recker/AnthonyRecker  =

1B- Ike Davis/Lucas Duda  +++2014 (Huge Improvement)

2B- Daniel Murphy/Daniel Murphy =

3B- David Wright/David Wright =

SS- Ruben Tejada/Ruben Tejada  =

INF- Justin Turner/Josh Satin  +2014

INF- Jordanny Valdespin/Wilmer Flores +2014

LF- Lucas Duda/Curtis Granderson  +++2014

CF- Colin Cowgill/Juan Lagares  ++2014

RF- Marlon Byrd/Chris Young +2013

OF- Kirk Nieuwenhuis/EY2 +++2014

OF- Mike Baxter/Andrew Brown +2014


SP1-Jon Niese/Jon Niese =

SP2- Dillon Gee/Dillon Gee =

SP3- Matt Harvey/Zack Wheeler +2013

SP4- Jeremy Hefner/Jenry Mejia +2014

SP5- Aaron Laffey/Bartolo Colon ++++2014

CL- Bobby Parnell/Bobby Parnell =

SU- Brandon Lyon/Victor Black  +2014

MR- Scott Rice/Scott Rice =

MR- Josh Edgin/Josh Edgin =

MR- Scott Atchison/Ryan Reid=

MR- LaTroy Hawkins/Carlos Torres=

MR- Greg Burke/Juerys Familia/Gonzalez German +2014


We are way ahead of where we were on opening day last year already, if we don't make another acquisition.  If we sign Drew, we are a playoff contender.  Not to mention, if we can trade Ike for anyone that provides positive innings in the pen. 


We also have more depth now than we did at this time last year.  Our rotation is way better already, and we will have Montero, Syndergaard & deGrom to add depth this year instead of Laffey, Marcum & an out for the year Santana. 


We also have guys like Jeff Walters, Eric Goeddel, Jack Leathersich Cory Mazzoni to bring up and pitch out of the bullpen, when last season we called up Greg Burke every other week.


I also think Wright will have a better season with Grandy hitting behind him, and for that matter Murphy will too, with Wright & then Grandy behind him.  I think Duda will have a better season at the plate now that he doesn't have to make a fool of himself in the OF.  Grandy will replace Byrd and Young will be much more valuable in the OF that Duda was.


We are leaps and bounds a much better team already.

maxster
maxster

Everyone is missing the linchpin for this team. It's WILMER FLORES! This guy is a Top prospect who outhit TD in the minors. This guy can rake! He is an RBI machine in Minors. He just hit .387 in Winter Ball. I can't believe we are still talking IKE, DUDA.,SATIN. Flores should start everyday at 1st base. If they leave him alone there and stop moving him all over the field, watch the numbers he puts up. Flores is the key!

Tim Keefe
Tim Keefe

"I like signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon, however, they only effectively replace Marlon Byrd and Matt Harvey, which means next year’s team isn’t much improved over 2013."


Comparisons like the above are the worst. No team is static over the course of 162 games. The most you could argue is that the team isn't much improved over what it was from Wheeler's callup to the end of August when Byrd and Buck got traded. If you recall, that span wasn't actually all too shabby. 

Patrick Boero
Patrick Boero

I will dig anything for the mets to make the playoffs that will be nice this year

Art Hansen
Art Hansen

Looking forward to the 2014 season. If everyone produces the way they're expected we should have a competitive team.

chasesimms
chasesimms

"I like signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon, however, they only effectively replace Marlon Byrd and Matt Harvey, which means next year’s team isn’t much improved over 2013."

Exactly!  70 wins, here we come!  LGM!

Mike Lage
Mike Lage

For what??? If they think DArnaud is the missing piece; they've totally lost it.

Andrew Herbst
Andrew Herbst

I think TDA will start to hit. We have to be patient.

hillsideav
hillsideav

I got abused for trying to temper the TDA enthusiasm when he came up last year, and all I said was that maybe we shouldn't anoint him as our Buster Posey just yet.  I get that scouts and MLB executives have gushed over him for years, but you have to be prepared to massage the guy along as a starting ML catcher. I'm tossing out last year, but the idea of him getting words of wisdom from Anthony Recker is, ummm, silly.  The Mets need to sign a veteran catcher, and bat Travis down in the order.  Give him a chance to succeed, not enough rope to hang himself with.

Chris Cloonan
Chris Cloonan

No way. There's a reason this guy has been traded twice. Hopefully the mets make it 3x. Centeno showed a lot more in his short time than travis.

Calamity Francis
Calamity Francis

I wouldn't be surprised if he put up .280/.330/.420 this year with 15hr and 60rbi.  That would be damn good and he'd improve from there to be an all-star for a few years after that.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@dtgaff He'll fix himself, if they leave him alone. He was already on the way to fixing himself until he pulled that lat muscle.


metfan8669
metfan8669

Neil, you are a toolbag.  Alderson is not the end all of baseball knowledge.  And was he right about  Frank Francisco or Shaun Marcum?

So anyone that would have questioned those signings would have been right.

metsstrong
metsstrong

@Neil Schuman

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know when he's right or wrong. It takes a real baseball fan to know a move that'd benefit the team you're rooting for since birth. Crack yourself on that.!

metsstrong
metsstrong

Are you on some sort of medications? Just double look at your own lineup, and you'd see how bad we're.

metsnjets
metsnjets

We are not leaps and bounds better and playoffs ?you my friend are wrong do you think Travis is gonna put up bucks #s no Curtis takes Byrds spot colon doesn't cover Harveys numbers a 500 team at best

metsnjets
metsnjets

That's great but it isn't the minors or winter ball

tw22
tw22

@maxsterYes, and lest we forget Cesar Puello, speaking of rakers. We all know by now that the use PEDs are less about performance and more about healing. He will start in Triple AAA and will be in right field in no time. With a budget ceiling projected improvement in players like d'Arnaud, Flores and Puello has to be taken into account when projecting the =/- success of this team.


niesesnose
niesesnose

I like Flores, but you can't put too much stock into winterball. Jordany tore up the winter league.

tw22
tw22

@Tim KeefeMarlon Byrd will not touch the numbers he had last season. Granderson, provided he is fully recovered, will more than fill the hole left by bird. If Colon gets us to and through the Syndegaard call up in mid summer with an ERA around 3 and WHIP at 1.1 we will be fine in that department. Mark it down.

metsstrong
metsstrong

@Art Hansen

Yes, IF: Granderson hits 40HRs, Wright hits 25, and bats .310, if d'Arnaud hits .280 20Hrs, if Ike hits 35HRs, if Chris Young hits .290 30HRs, if Tejada hits .290, if Murph hits .290 15HRs, if Colon wins 17 games, if Niese wins 15, if Wheeler wins 18, if Gee wins 13, if Parnell closes 30, then yes, we should be competitive..!! = NOT GOING TO HAPPEN..!

metsnjets
metsnjets

Thank you nice to see somebody is not drinking the Kool aid

hrvwlzthor
hrvwlzthor

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metsnjets
metsnjets

Have you ever done steroids?its not healing it's performance don't know what u r talking about

metsnjets
metsnjets

Have you ever take steroids?its about performance not healing

dave42
dave42

@tw22@maxster "We all know by now that the use PEDs are less about performance and more about healing." 


What injuries were Bonds, Palmeiro, Clemens, McGwire, Sosa recovering from?  These guys used PEDs to put up Hall of Fame numbers.  Bonds put up video game numbers on the juice.  I think it's more in how the PEDs are used.  Perhaps guys are less likely to use them long-term now the way Bonds et al did because of the chance of being caught and the penalties thereon?  Just thinking out loud...

tw22
tw22

@niesesnoseFlores raked in double and triple a. He is a hitter. And could very well be our first baseman by June.

sell
sell

If that happened wed have the best offense on the division. We could have a xompetitve team with much less.