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Report: d'Arnaud, Mets avoid arbitration

@DKramer_
December 22, 2018

The Mets have reached a one-year, $3.515 million deal with catcher Travis d'Arnaud to avoid arbitration, according to a report on Saturday from USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The seventh-year backstop will receive a marginal raise from the $3.475 million he earned in 2018, when he was limited to just four

The Mets have reached a one-year, $3.515 million deal with catcher Travis d'Arnaud to avoid arbitration, according to a report on Saturday from USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

The seventh-year backstop will receive a marginal raise from the $3.475 million he earned in 2018, when he was limited to just four games after undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow. In his last full season in '17, the 29-year-old d'Arnaud slashed .244/.293/.443 over 112 games as the Mets' primary catcher. Since breaking into the Majors in '14, he has hit .245/.306/.406 over 397 games in parts of six seasons; he played more than 80 games in just two of them.

d'Arnaud is expected to return early in the 2019 season, though he is not a lock to be completely ready by Opening Day. He will serve as the primary backup to two-time All-Star backstop Wilson Ramos, who agreed to a two-year, $19 million deal with New York earlier this month.

The Mets' remaining arbitration-eligible players include Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz and Kevin Plawecki. The deadline for the club to exchange salary arbitration figures is Jan. 11.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.