D'Arnaud rebounded back in a better direction in 2017 after injuries derailed his 2016 campaign. His 2017 numbers were not back to 2015 levels, but at least there was some catcher productivity to write home about in terms of homers and RBI. That is where the statistical compliments end because he hurt you in both average and on-base percentage leagues, but his pitch-framing abilities did help Mets pitching when it was not hurt on the disabled list. It is hard to believe that he is already 29 years old, but that is not a bad thing for catchers since they typically take a little longer to hit their stride at the plate. That stride may come in the form of him returning to his 2015 levels, but him hitting .275 with 20 homers -- as was the prediction during his notable rise through the minors -- seems like a pipe dream at this point.
D'Arnaud agreed to a one-year, $3.475 million deal with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. He gets a healthy raise over the $1.875 million he received in his first year of arbitration. Save for an impressive but injury-shortened 2015 season, d'Arnaud has been a pretty big disappointment, relative to his prospect pedigree. He will enter spring training in a competition with Kevin Plawecki for the starting catcher job, and in all likelihood, the two will split time pretty evenly this season.
D'Arnaud is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. D'Arnaud will find himself positioned on the bench for the final game of the regular season. Tomas Nido will fill in behind the plate in his stead.
D'Arnaud is out of Saturday's lineup against the Phillies, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. He has done his best to salvage what had been a mediocre year over the first five months, as he is hitting .333/.373/.741 with six home runs in his last 54 at-bats. Kevin Plawecki will start behind the dish and hit fifth.
D'Arnaud went 1-for-5 with three RBI in a 7-1 win over the Braves on Wednesday. He brought a run in when he reached on an error and then two more with a two-run single. Somewhat obscured by the brutal campaign the Mets have endured as a team, d'Arnaud's bounced back nicely after a rough 2016 -- he's set new career bests in homers (16) and RBI (57), and if not for a depressed BABIP, he'd be helping owners out in batting average too.
D'Arnaud is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. D'Arnaud has not started back-to-back games since last week, and that trend will continue Tuesday despite d'Arnaud going 2-for-3 with a home run in the nightcap of Monday's doubleheader. Kevin Plawecki will get the nod behind the plate in d'Arnaud's place.