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Travis d’Arnaud is staying in Atlanta for no less than yet one more season.
The Braves announced Tuesday that they’ve signed d’Arnaud to a one-year, $8 million contract for the 2024 marketing campaign that features an $8 million membership possibility for 2025 with no buyout.
D’Arnaud has been a staple at catcher for the Braves because the pandemic-shortened 2020 marketing campaign, however this extension comes as considerably of a shock given the addition of Sean Murphy.
The Braves acquired Murphy in a commerce with the Oakland Athletics forward of the 2023 season and he has emerged as Atlanta’s beginning catcher, placing d’Arnaud on the bench.
D’Arnaud may simply be a beginning catcher in Main League Baseball, and it is value questioning what he may have obtained on the open market. The 34-year-old has appeared in 38 video games this season and is slashing .265/.338/.478 with eight house runs and 23 RBI.
D’Arnaud’s greatest season in Atlanta got here in 2022 when he earned an All-Star choice after slashing .268/.319/.472 with 18 house runs and 60 RBI in 107 video games.
Earlier than becoming a member of the Braves, d’Arnaud spent six and a half seasons with the New York Mets and in addition frolicked with the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Now that he is returning to the Braves in 2024, Atlanta could have its star-studded catching tandem collectively for no less than yet one more season as they pursue one other World Collection title since capturing the 2021 championship.
The Braves are presently probably the greatest groups in baseball, sitting first within the Nationwide League East with a 61-31 document. Not solely are they anticipated to be a critical contender for the World Collection this fall, however they need to proceed to be a contender for the foreseeable future.