New York Mets' catcher Travis d'Arnaud has turned his season around. While d'Arnaud is a key piece of the team's future, there are definite concerns about his durability. d'Arnaud has missed a lot of time with various injuries in the minor leagues, but a bigger concern may be his concussion history. d'Arnaud has suffered four known concussions at age 25, and that figure has raised some internal discussion with the Mets.
The Mets have had internal discussions about moving d'Arnaud from catcher to left field, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. d'Arnaud is athletic enough to play the position, and using him in left field would help him avoid more concussions. Manager Terry Collins told Martino that the idea has been discussed, and d'Arnaud mentioned that he was willing to play wherever the Mets wanted him to. Another factor to mention is that the Mets have another top catching prospect, Kevin Plawecki, playing for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51's.
With that being said, a move does not appear imminent for several reasons. The first reason is that d'Arnaud does offer significant defensive value behind the plate. d'Arnaud has drawn rave reviews for his ability to call a game and handle a pitching staff, and there is no guarantee Plawecki could duplicate that. d'Arnaud also profiles better offensively as a catcher, as his numbers would look rather ordinary for a left fielder. ESPN New York's Adam Rubin backs up this statement, with his report indicating that the left field discussion has not taken place in the front office, only among Collins and the coaching staff.
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