Mets C Travis d'Anruad was "ecstatic" after getting a text from his dad telling him Jay Bruce was returning.
"I literally jumped and almost hit my head on the ceiling, I was so excited," d'Arnaud told SNY on Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night. "I'm so happy he's back."
D'Arnaud said Bruce, who reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million, is a huge clubhouse presence.
"A lot of people know, obviously, what he does on the field, but the big thing is what he does off the field and in the clubhouse -- keeps us all together and keeps everybody accountable."
D'Arnaud finished last season on a high note, hitting .297/.343/.656 in 64 at-bats in September, and said he did it by keeping things simple.
"Just staying within my approach," d'Arnaud said. "I feel like early on in the season I was just trying to pull everything, versus taking what the pitcher was giving me. The last month, I felt like I was just keeping things simple."
The expectation is that d'Arnaud will split time this season with Kevin Plawecki, who also finished 2017 on a high note, hitting .364/.440/.591 in August and .283/.406/.434 in September. And d'Arnaud thinks that platoon will work.
"Yes I do," d'Arnaud said, adding that it will keep them fresh and is "definitely a recipe for success."
"Me and him are really close," d'Arnaud said about his relationship with Plawecki. "It just comes from both of our drive and both of our goals, not only to play in the postseason, but to be playing in November."