Link Roundup: d’Arnaud Stays, Gee on the Money

With John Buck returning from paternity leave tonight, the Mets have decided to keep Travis d’Arnaud in the majors as their starting catcher.

The Mets feel d’Arnaud, the centerpiece of the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, has learned all he can at Triple-A. It’s time for him to learn the game at the big-league level, and most importantly, develop an on-field rapport with the pitching staff.

D’Arnaud is 0 for his first 7 at bats with 5 walks. He hit .304/.487/.554 during his injury-shortened stint in Las Vegas.

Anthony Recker has been sent down to Triple-A to make room. He’ll likely be back with the Mets when rosters expand on September 1. Terry Collins has been pleased with Recker, in particular how he handled pitchers and provided a little pop off the bench.

Buck, meanwhile, will serve as d’Arnaud’s backup most of the time. Imagine the uncomfortable dinner conversation between John and his son years from now.

Dillon Gee has been on fire over the past three months, posting an ERA of 2.27 since May 30th. In particular, his changeup has been outstanding.

On the occasion of Marlon Byrd‘s 20th homer of the season, Faith and Fear looks back at other Mets who have hit 20 or more in a season.

Real Dirty draws parallels between the Mets and Pirates, and wonders if the 2014 Mets can echo the success Pittsburgh is enjoying this year.

To do so, they’ll have to make some upgrades, particularly in the outfield, and maybe shortstop.

The Mets begin a two-game series with the first-place Braves tonight at Citi Field. For recaps and reactions, keep checking out Mets Today.

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  1. TRS86 August 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm
    Thanks for the link to TRDM!
  2. Jujo August 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    I think the Mets could compete next year for a wild card without very large changes. Sign Johanny Peralta for SS (his fielding has been very good for 4 years straight) and he can hit which helps the offense. Trade Daniel Murphy for Andre Ethier for OF (have Dodgers pay some of salary). Resign Byrd for 1 year $4 mil. Try to keep the rest of pieces in place. Here is the lineup:
    LF Young/Ethier
    SS Peralta
    3B Wright
    1B Ike/Satin
    RF Byrd/Ethier
    2B Flores
    C D arnaud
    CF Lagares
    Backups Tejada, Turner, Brown, Kirk, Recker
    CL Parnell
    RP Hawkins, Torres, Rice, Atchinson, Germen,Feliciano

    This team would be good for 85+ wins
    To get to the next level though, they would have to trade one or more of the young pitchers for a superstar (not likely) so my suggestion could work

    Starting pitching, pitching depth
    Stonger defense up the middle (Lagares, Peralta)
    Improved offense (Peralta, Ethier, Flores, D arnaud)
    If Ike flames out again there are plenty of 1B boppers to be had. The core is about youth, pitching, defense, OPB


  3. DanB August 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    Only way Dodgers consider just Murphy is if Mets pay all of Ethier’s salary which the Mets should do because their payroll is so low but they don’t have enough players to trade. Byrd would not sign a one year contract at his age coming off his best year. He will seek three year. Your bullpen is old. But I like your optimism.