The Rays struck quickly to add a veteran in the wake of injuries to their top two catchers, acquiring Travis d’Arnaud from the Dodgers for cash considerations on Friday night.
D’Arnaud, 30, spent much of 2013-17 with the Mets, missing most of last season while undergoing Tommy John surgery then working his way back this year only to be released last week after playing in 10 games as the backup to Wilson Ramos.
With the Mets responsible for the bulk of his $3.52 million salary, the Dodgers signed D’Arnaud with some talk of making him a utility man. But then they agreed Friday to trade D’Arnaud to the the Rays, giving him a better opportunity for playing time.
D’Arnaud, who hit 16 homers in 2017, has a career .242 average and .703 OPS in the majors. He gives the Rays a better option then rookies Nick Ciuffo and Anthony Bemboom as they seek to cover the absences of starter Mike Zunino, an estimated 4-5 weeks with a quad strain, and Michael Perez, 2-3 weeks with an oblique strain.
D’Arnaud is expected to join the Rays in Saturday. To make room on the 40-man roster, they transferred Matt Duffy from the 10- the 60-day injured list. They are likely to send either Ciuffo or Bemboom back to Durham to create a 25-man roster spot.