In a surprising move on Sunday afternoon, the Dodgers signed catcher Travis d’Arnaud to a one-year contract and immediately moved him to the big league squad’s active roster.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned infielder Matt Beaty to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
With no apparent injuries to either Austin Barnes or Russell Martin, the move has left many fans wondering about the logic behind the signing. In the least, d’Arnaud gives the Dodgers another right-handed bat off the bench.
The 30-year-old d’Arnaud was released by the New York Mets on Friday after appearing in 10 games this season. In 2017, the catcher played in a career-high 112 games, hitting .244 (85-for-348) with a career-best 16 homers and 57 RBI. He began the 2018 season as the Mets Opening Day starter but missed the majority of the 2018 season recovering from ulnar collateral ligament surgery in his right elbow.
In his seven-year Major League career, d’Arnaud is a .242 (329-for-1360) hitter with 47 homers and 164 RBI in 407 games. d’arnaud was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the supplemental first round (37th overall) of the 2007 MLB draft out of Lakewood High School in California.
In addition to the UCL surgery, d’Arnaud has sustained a lengthy string of other injuries, spending time on the DL with a bone bruise in his right wrist, a strain in his right rotator cuff, a hyperextended left elbow, a broken finger and a concussion since his debut in 2013.
Beaty, 26, was recalled on Tuesday and recorded his first career hit in his Major League debut later that evening. The infielder played in three games since being recalled, batting .667 (2-for-3) with an RBI. Prior to joining Los Angeles, Beaty was hitting .277 (23-for-83) with two homers and 10 RBI in 22 games for Oklahoma City.
With the move, the 40-man roster of the Dodgers currently stands at 39.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)