Apparently Austin Barnes and Russell Martin aren't getting the job done for Dave Roberts and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In response, they've added some invaluable catching depth.
The Dodgers have reportedly signed former New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud. The 30-year-old veteran was released by the Mets on Friday after being DFA'd earlier in the week.
Traded to New York from Toronto in the same deal that made Noah Syndergaard a Met and R.A. Dickey a Blue Jay, d'Arnaud hit .242 with 47 home runs over 407 games with the Mets. His best season game in 2017, when he hit .242 with a career high 16 home runs in 112 games.
After such a promising start to his Mets career, injuries--he played just 14 games in 2018 and 2019 combined--have sapped d'Arnaud of most of his hitting ability and led to his release.
Who would have ever believed in 2013, that the Mets careers of both Matt Harvey and Travis d’Arnaud would end with DFAs?— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) May 4, 2019
Baseball is a crazy sport.
While it's unlikely that he'll take the starting job away from Austin Barnes, he'll be a solid backup with good defense who can get a key base hit every now and again. A low-risk signing by the Dodgers.