Column: Trade Travis d’Arnaud and promote Kevin Plawecki
Kevin Plawecki is knocking on the Citi Field door, and the Mets can’t keep the door locked for too much longer. Plawecki tore up AA/AAA in 2014, hitting 11 homeruns and 64 runs batted in. Also, Kevin’s defense in very strong. Travis d’Arnaud struggled to avoid throwing the ball into the outfield.
Travis d’Arnaud’s 2014 season was a very odd one. He started the season extremely cold. The season was going so bad that he got demoted in May. Luckily, Wally Backman restored confidence and d’Arnaud re-bounded to have a very productive second half. Eventually, one of the catchers are going to go. Which one will it be? While its hard to decide, I bet d’Arnaud will get the boot, but for a hefty price. You could trade Travis and Niese for Castro. But that honestly seems like giving up to much, however if d’Arnaud is the only proven player that we give up, it’s too little. Montero fits the bill as that second guy. Montero is sub-par pitcher with limited major league experience. While no deGrom, Montero will get the Castro deal done.