The Mets and C Travis d'Arnaud avoided salary arbitration last week, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1.8 million contract for this coming season. He is eligible for arbitration in 2018 and 2019, after which he can be a free agent.
D'Arnaud played in just 75 games during 2016, while hitting .247 with four home runs and 15 RBI. He missed time early in the season with a strained rotator cufff and was idle for almost a month.
In early November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he planned to enter Spring Training with d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera, and Kevin Plawecki as his primary group of catchers and that he had no interest in adding someone new from outside the organization.
"We've got to keep him somewhat healthy," Mets manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin late last year. "You can't keep losing your mainline guys for two months. He had 250 at-bats when he should have 500. You're talking about a guy who missed half the season. We've got to get him better."