The Atlanta Braves seem to be the only team making moves this offseason and have struck again. They came to terms with catcher Travis d’Arnaud on a two-year deal. Jeff Passan tweeted out the details.
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud is headed to the Atlanta Braves on a two-year, $16M deal. Atlanta has made three of the four free agent signings this winter and now guaranteed $69 million to d’Arnaud, Will Smith and Chris Martin. A nice start to the winter for the Braves.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 24, 2019
d’Arnaud played the first six years of his career with the New York Mets before he was designated for assignment. In 2018, d’Arnaud underwent Tommy John surgery in April and missed most of the season. After being released, the 30-year-old signed a one year prove-it deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2019 season. He was traded in May to the Tampa Bay Rays and it was there where he was able to bounce back. In 92 games with Tampa, d’Arnaud hit .263 with 16 homers, 67 RBIs and had an OPS of .745. He was a huge part of Tampas offense and helped the team make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Now the Veteran catcher will platoon with Tyler Flowers and will bring some extra offense to a Braves team that can benefit from extra depth. He will replace long-time catcher Brian McCann who retired after the 2019 season.
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