Travis d’Arnaud missed most of last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but that did not prevent the Mets from giving their oft-injured and now backup catcher a $40,000 raise for the 2019 season, a source confirmed.
D’Arnaud was eligible for salary arbitration but agreed to terms on Dec. 22, the source said. D’Arnaud will earn $3.515 million playing behind newly acquired free agent Wilson Ramos.
D'Arnaud, who turns 30 next month, played in just four games (going 3-for-15) last season before complaining of tightness in his right elbow before a game in Miami against the Marlins. An MRI in New York showed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) arm. Surgery was performed April 17 by team physician David Altchek.
The Mets, satisfied with d’Arnaud’s rehabilitation, traded Kevin Plawecki to the Indians last weekend. Plawecki avoided arbitration by reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal for $1,137,500.
D’Arnaud, who has been on the disabled list in five of his six seasons with the Mets, has a career batting average of .245 with 47 home runs and 162 RBI.
Five Mets remain eligible for arbitration, with the deadline for exchanging numbers Friday at 1 p.m.: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Michael Conforto.