Travis d'Arnaud waits at the plate

Travis d’Arnaud to left field? Not so fast…

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.



miniMCavatarMatthew 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…




413 comments
Tommy May
Tommy May

You know what, stop talking about about and be about it, this team is always talking about what it would like to do but never follow through ... get it going, give the team a chance at throwing out a few runners and start Recker everyday. Mark my words, with Recker calling the show the pitchers are way more confident on the mound.

Steve Sica
Steve Sica

Yep. That worked with Todd Hundley, Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy. Lets keep the trend of ineptitude going!

Benjamin J. Pehrrish Sr.
Benjamin J. Pehrrish Sr.

pitchers today cant work on their pitching AND hitting? then why could th epitchers of the past? seems to me then that todays pitchers are as good as the former if that's the case...just sayin...

Jaime D Hixson
Jaime D Hixson

Holy crap! Does this organization wreak of incompetence or what?! Did they not learn their lesson from the Mike Piazza disaster? Now they're hinting at making D'Arnaud a LF? This is why they're under .500 six years running!

Don Lagomarsino
Don Lagomarsino

whatever makes you feel good. Just go with it! So I am assuming that Granderson is having a good season also? He did play well for two months.

Joe DeFazio
Joe DeFazio

eric Campbell isn't really batting .300 he has far less ABs than d'arnaud..that's like saying lets move buddy Carlyle to left because hes batting 1.000

josef
josef

There is no passion, no emotion, and no leadership on this team! It starts with Alderson, moves down to Collins, then to Wright, and to the rest of the team via osmosis!:)

Nobody seems to care enough about winning, and winning by all means necessary, doesn't mean it has to be done through the use of PEDs! Some love and yearning for winning, some sense of responsibility, and challenging the status quo (the status quo here is taking losses in stride and be OK with them) is desperately needed, and the current cast of characters associated with the Mets lack this badly!

A true captain stirs the ship, saves it from sinking, takes charge, shows passion and emotion, and never accepts losing! It is all about the attitude! You can have lots of talent, but you will AWLAYS underachieve, if you have zero passion and lack the proper winning attitude. David Wright lacks that attitude, despite his talent, nice community service, being a great all-around guy, etc! He is more of a politician dressed in a Mets uniform, spreading goodwill, than he is a true leader in the tenches leading, saving, and guiding the team. That is what the C on his shirt should stand for! Captain, not Community Service Ambassador!

Unfortunately Grandy is another loser with zero passion, veteran leadership, or grit! Combined with David Wright, they provide next to thing to a young team that desperately needs some infusion of passion, some yearning for wins, some hatred for losses, and some sense of accountability, and acceptance of responsibility, etc.

The status quo on the current Mets regime, is accepting the losses in stride, shoot for 500 as the goal, and make up excuses left and right!

Where is Kobe Bryant or someone with the same type of winning attitude when you need one!

Wally will provide that spark, and although it may last for 2 to 3 seasons, before it wears down on the team, he is a definite step in the right direction, towards a much better future for the Mets!

Someone like Travis D, with solid upside potential needs a true learner to help guide him forward! He needs some veterans to push him to go to the next level and reach his maximum potential, and David Wright and Grandy are not those types of guys he needs to help him get there!!

James Aaron Joyner Jr.
James Aaron Joyner Jr.

@Jason What is the excuse for NL pitchers? They bat all the time and still don't hit. These pitchers can't work on hitting and stay on top of their pitching too. Either put DH in the NL or trim the batting order to 8 players.

Jason A. Miller
Jason A. Miller

Pitchers today can't hit because... they don't hit, because of the DH rule. Abolish the DH, force pitchers to work on their hitting (you seriously mean to say you don't think today's young men are half the athletes guys like Red Ruffing were?), problem solved.

Jason A. Miller
Jason A. Miller

Terrible idea. The fellow can't hit. Even after his brief surge when he got back from AAA, his OBP is still below .300. Unless something changes in the next 2 years, he's no appreciable improvement over Chris Young.

Haywood Walker
Haywood Walker

We have good outfielders now.The kid is coming on.Just leave him alone.

kingman76
kingman76

Just fire Collins now.  Thank God he's not paid to think.

Stuart Miller
Stuart Miller

havent the mets learned not to try catchers at other positions like piazza in 04

Bob Torretta
Bob Torretta

Just leave him alone. And he'll be fine. Too much playing around

Steve Scanlan
Steve Scanlan

I like Travis' bat. He had an awful, doubt-filled beginning of the year, but he has looked really good as a hitter since his call-up His defense has been pretty miserable, so a trip to left field makes a lot of sense to me. He should have a good arm for  left fielder, and this will let both Plawecki and d'Arnaud play together. If he can do it, it's a win-win.

matmil
matmil

I think this has to do with Tda's defense. If they were playing teams with real speed he would be completely exposed. They would run all over him and you wouldn't be able to play him even though he hits

James Solomon
James Solomon

I be open to letting him be the right handed platoon at 1b with Duda.  That should allow him to get some breaks from catching


triviaace
triviaace

The inmates are running the asylum.

hankypanky
hankypanky

The last time the Mets moved their catcher to the outfield it was humiliating for the player and for the team. Doesn't mean it can't work, but the FO has to be careful not to mess with d'Arnaud's head.

lholztrio
lholztrio

You can't make this stuff up.  Isn't it nice to know we've got completely incompetent people running this team?

lholztrio
lholztrio

Anyone think Collins is getting his head handed to him today by Alderfraud and Jeff?

Garrett Reilly
Garrett Reilly

It's nice to see Felix Hernandez and Jose Fernandez bat but other than that really it's just sad

Patrick Tromp
Patrick Tromp

We need a Big Bat that can hit 30 hrs/100 rbs every year in LF which d'Arnaud can't do

lholztrio
lholztrio

If Collins isn't the dumbest manager in MLB-who is?

Frankly if all that happened to improve this team next year was the dismissal and banishment of Terry Collins i would be a VERY HAPPY METS FAN.


Fire Terry Collins.

Fire Bob Geren.

Reassign Dan Warthen.

Reassign Lamar Johnson.


Promote Wally.

Promote Frank Viola.

Promote George Greer.

Hire a new Bench coach. 

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

This is beginning to become the cheap way out of making upgrades.  If Herrera succeeds, they'll push him to SS, or they'll bring in Renyods and deal Murphy for more prospects.  Then they move dArnaud to LF to bring in Plawecki as the next catcher.  Then they can say that they made changes, and can use these as excuses to the fan base and local media for the next year or so.

"We're dedicated to our homegrown prospects!'

Cheapskates!

Freddy L. Ledesma
Freddy L. Ledesma

why try to fix whats not broken? leave the kid alone. its bad enough learning to hit at this level, try making him,learn a new position.

James Aaron Joyner Jr.
James Aaron Joyner Jr.

@Keith I don't think DH is bad, it would be useful. Pitchers of today don't hit like the pitchers in the old days, they're rally killers. Why do you want the pitcher to hit just to be an automatic out? Doesn't make sense to me. Teams can always intentionally walk the 8th batter to get out of a jam with the pitcher, it's like an easy way out. Unless pitcher start working on their hitting, DH is needed.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

TC. . . The way our Metsies are playing....they're in the instructional league,

gts41
gts41

Just what we need in the OF. Todd HundleyJr. At least Handley was a legit power threat. Travis is batting a whopping .235 with 5 hrs and 6 rbi in August. He does not hit enough to be everyday OF. The Mets need to stop being so cheap!!!. The latest moves and thoughts tell me they're trying to get the payroll under 50 M

jenkins
jenkins

Cerrone, didn't you also say two days ago that Herrera would not be starting with the Mets until 2016? That was not smart. 

ponzies86
ponzies86

How about bringing up Puello and giving him sometime at LF

James
James

Can we please fire this moron of a manager and move onto better things.  The only reason why I can think we would keep TC is we have no intention of winning next year and we don't want to saddle a real manager with an atrocious team

Eric Mills
Eric Mills

Terrible idea!! Kid had bad knees when he was 20!!