BREAKING: Dodgers trade Travis d’Arnaud to Rays for cash
By Jacob Rudner
From the National League’s top team to the American League’s top team, the Dodgers have traded backstop and eventual utility man Travis d’Arnaud to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations.
d’Arnaud’s timeline with the Dodgers was short lived and his listing of recent events is undesirable. On May 3, the New York Mets released the struggling and injury prone catcher just five days after designating him for assignment on April 28. Two days after his release, on May 5, the Dodgers signed d’Arnuad to a one-year deal that would keep him on the roster through the end of the 2019 season. On May 10, the Dodgers traded d’Arnaud to the Rays.
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For his time spent in Los Angeles, there was not much to speak of. d’Arnuad saw just one at-bat in which he grounded out and did not play at any point in the field. Had he stayed longer than a few days, the Dodgers planned for d’Arnuad to be a utility player, not a catcher.
For the Rays, the trade makes sense following the loss of Mike Zunino to a quadricep issue that should keep him on the shelf for just shy of a month. Zunino’s injury came just a few days after secondary Rays catcher Michael Perez was placed on the injured list with an oblique ailment.
d’Arnaud figures to step into the Tampa Bay catching mix and could, hypothetically, continue on the same utility track the Dodgers had set him on prior to the trade.
The Rays do currently have two catchers on the roster so d’Arnuad’s services behind the plate are far from required. For the AL East leader, d’Arnuad is simply a hopeful add to the roster.
In 24 at-bats this year, d’Arnuad has just two hits for a .083 batting average.
The Dodgers will fill the roster spot with a catcher according to multiple reporters although the identity of the catcher has yet to be revealed. Rocky Gale and Keibert Ruiz are the only options currently on the 40-man roster.