Sandy Alderson and his staff have not discussed moving Travis d’Arnaud off catcher, a team official said (Rubin, Aug. 29).
Instead, the source told Rubin, it was merely was an internal conversation between Terry Collins and his staff.
Collins recently admitted that, in an effort to keep d’Arnaud’s bat in the lineup and to avoid further concussions, the team had informal discussions about one day moving d’Arnaud to left field (Martino, Aug. 28).
“As of right now, we haven’t even approached it as an option, because it would have to go to the instructional league,” Collins added.
Matthew Cerrone: Here’s the thing, the organizations is in LOVE with Triple-A C Kevin Plawecki, so talk of moving d’Arnaud (either in trade or to a different position) is inevitable. I think had d’Arnaud not returned from Triple-A to hit .265 with nine HR in 50 games we’d be hearing a lot more about Plawecki maybe being next year’s Opening Day catcher. However, d’Arnaud has done enough to push the discussion back and maybe even open up more interesting trade possibilities this winter…
In regards to d’Arnaud in left field, it’s interesting. However, his 1-1.5 WAR would be less exciting in the outfield, of course it would be on par with this season’s Curtis Granderson and Michael Morse, so it’s not the end of the world. Behind the plate, though, it’s slightly more valuable. I guess the questions are, a) What happens if he has another concussion, and b) How much confidence do the Mets really have in Plawecki?
By the way, Terry, shhhh. This talk of concussions and moving d’Arnaud weakens your boss’s hand when trying to make trades involving these guys this winter. Please, stop talking…