Mets top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, a native of Long Beach, California, made his major league debut on Saturday night at San Diego’s Petco Park. With family and friends in attendance, d’Arnaud walked in the top of the second inning, flied out to center in the fourth inning, grounded out to third base in the fifth and drew his second walk of the night in the eighth. He finished 0-for-2 with two walks.
The 24-year-old allowed a passed ball on defense in the sixth inning and the Mets wound up losing to the Padres 8-2, but it was a mostly positive evening for the 37th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft.
D’Arnaud, acquired from the Blue Jays this winter as part of the seven-player R.A. Dickey trade, was a .328/.402/.588 hitter with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 86 games at the Triple-A level.
The Mets haven’t said yet whether he’s up for good, but d’Arnaud has a bright future either way.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.