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The Atlanta Braves have signed catcher Travis D’Arnaud to a two-year, $16 million contract.
It’s been a whirlwind year for D’Arnaud. After the Mets released him in May, the 30-year-old caught on with the Dodgers before getting traded to the Tampa Bay Rays five days later and helping lead the AL East squad back to the playoffs, nearly taking down the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series.
Now the backstop is onto his fourth team in seven months and another free-agent catcher is off the board this winter.
D’Arnaud’s deal comes shortly after the Chicago White Sox grabbed Yasmani Grandal — the top player at the position — on Thursday.
Atlanta has been notably aggressive this offseason after falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. D’Arnaud might not be the move many were expecting for Atlanta, but the run on catchers across the league has been notable since rosters increased to 26 players. Working with Tyler Flowers, D’Arnaud now gives Atlanta two veterans behind the plate. Given how D’Arnaud’s season recovered after landing in Tampa Bay, this could be quite a steal for the Braves.
For D’Arnaud, the signing gives him a chance to show the division-rival Mets just how wrong they were to let him walk away. It seems Atlanta was all too glad to give him the opportunity.
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