The Mets made the move that makes all the sense in the world following Monday’s game, announcing that with John Buck returning from paternity leave, Travis d’Arnaud will stay, while Anthony Recker has been optioned to Triple-A.
This is a move lacking any downside whatsoever. d’Arnaud gets to play every day in the big leagues, better acclimating him for next season while allowing the Mets a good look at the man they hope to occupy the catching position for years to come.
The downside is using an option of Recker’s. But even with a recent hot streak vaulting his OPS+ all the way up to 75, I think they’re pretty safe.
As for d’Arnaud, his five walks in three games are far more encouraging, given that coming into 2013, plate discipline was a major issue, but he’s walked more than he’s struck out this season across four levels.
What do you know, the Mets return home for a nine-game homestand tomorrow! So go check him out, see what you think. This is going to be the guy they give a whole lot of chances to, so you better get used to him. And if he stays healthy, it shouldn’t require that many opportunities.