Beams Continuing Talks With Travis D’Arnaud
Travis d’Arnaud gave a colossal lift in the Rays’ hurried to the ALDS last season, and however d’Arnaud is a free operator, the connection between the catcher and his previous group may not yet be a thing of the past. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that d’Arnaud and the Rays “stay in talks” about a potential new agreement.
In the wake of being pushed off by both the Mets and Dodgers last May, d’Arnaud recovered his profession on track over 92 games and 365 plate appearances in Tampa. D’Arnaud hit .263/.323/.459 with 16 homers in a Rays uniform and furthermore figured out how to remain solid, which is no little accomplishment considering his damage tormented history. It was sufficient for MLBTR to rank d’Arnaud as the second-best catcher accessible in the current year’s free operator advertise (and 26th in general on our rundown of the top 50 free specialists), with an anticipated agreement of two years and $14MM.
Presently that Yasmani Grandal has made a suddenly early exit from the market, in any case, d’Arnaud’s stock could very well rise. Grandal marked a four-year, $73MM manage the White Sox, a group that wasn’t viewed as one of the prime possibility to seek after getting since James McCann was at that point on the roster. That leaves the most catcher-poor groups, (for example, the Brewers, Rangers, Angels, Astros, Reds, Nationals, Braves, and Rays) all as yet searching for help behind the plate.
It doesn’t really look good for the Rays if the d’Arnaud advertise transforms into an offering war, however it’s most likely a stretch to envision his value getting abnormally high given his age (31 on Opening Day) and the not insignificant rundown of wounds on his resume. If the Rays genuinely feel that d’Arnaud simply required a difference in view away from New York and would now be able to appreciate a genuinely steady playing vocation, they may feel slanted to go marginally past their typical money related safe place for the sake of at long last hardening their longstanding issues at catcher, and in light of the fact that Tampa Bay is resolved to making a more profound postseason run in 2020. Until d’Arnaud is really marked to another group, it unquestionably bodes well for the Rays to keep the lines of correspondence open between the different sides to check whether a satisfactory value point can be found.
The Rays do have in-house getting alternatives in Mike Zunino and Michael Perez, however Zunino’s battles in 2019 prepared for d’Arnaud to accept regular duties. Zunino is additionally anticipated to acquire $4.9MM in discretion this winter, and he has frequently been referenced as a non-delicate applicant except if the Rays were to choose they didn’t have any better options. As Topkin takes note of, a choice one way or the other from d’Arnaud before the December 2 non-delicate cutoff time would at any rate give Tampa more time to choose whether to stay with Zunino or take a gander at catcher (or, the group could non-delicate Zunino and attempt to re-sign him at a lower cost).