Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Dominating Grapefruit League play wasn’t enough to keep Travis d’Arnaud with the big league team, and he has been optioned to minor league camp this evening. After batting .343 this spring against major league competition, there’s no denying that d’Arnaud is ready to call Citi Field his home. However, it looks like the Mets were not willing to lose that extra year of control in order to have d’Arnaud break camp with the team. Now the d’Arnaud watch will start, and some believe that we won’t see d’Arnaud in Queens until after June 15. “He played very well,” Sandy Alderson said. “He met all of our expectations, which I think for the organization and Mets fans were fairly high. He did a very nice job. We’re hopeful he’ll have a long career in New York. But we’re happy with what John Buck has done. We’ve got an investment in him as well. I think our pitching staff and team overall will benefit overall from John Buck’s presence, and ultimately Travis is going to be a very good pl
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