In the immediate aftermath of the Wilson Ramos signing, the Mets indicated that either Kevin Plawecki or Travis d’Arnaud may be on the trading block to help address the team’s other needs. However, Brodie Van Wagenen brought up the possibility of d’Arnaud getting reps at multiple positions, indicating that perhaps he saw Plawecki as the player more likely to be traded or as a vision for how carrying three catchers on the roster may be feasible. Plawecki is out of options, and d’Arnaud can refuse a minor league assignment and become a free agent.
Earlier today, Andy Martino reported that a second-tier lefty for the bullpen would be a reasonable ask for Plawecki, according to rival executives, and that the Mets are getting “a lot of hits” on their catchers. Mike Puma echoed that sentiment, calling the interest in both d’Arnaud and Plawecki “significant.” Rather than citing a reliever as the potential return, however, he reports that one of the two catchers may be dealt for a backup infielder or outfielder.
Puma also poured some cold water on recent rumors regarding the Mets’ interest in Rangers’ lefty Mike Minor, calling both Minor and free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock “not so likely right now.” Puma also added that the Mets “aren’t completely sold” on Jeff McNeil, but the Ghost of Christmas Past—in the form of Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner—continues to loom over their heads, fueling fear of trading the young budding infielder.