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August 19, 2019

Mets trade Kevin Plawecki as catching depth becomes more clear

January 6, 2019

The Kevin Plawecki-Travis d’Arnaud debate is over.

In their second trade within a few hours on Sunday, the Mets dealt Plawecki to Cleveland in exchange for right-hander Walker Lockett and minor league infielder Sam Haggerty.

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One of the two Mets catchers became expendable after the team signed Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal worth $19 million last month. The injury prone d’Arnaud avoided arbitration by signing a one-year deal with the club for $3.515 million and is now in line to back up Ramos.

Kevin Plawecki. (John Bazemore / AP)

Plawecki, 27, the Mets first round pick in 2012, was a microcosm of the team’s catching struggles last season, slashing .210/.315/.370/.685 in 79 games.

Lockett, who spent most of last season in Triple-A, went 0-3 alongside a 9.60 ERA with the Padres last season.

The Mets acquired J.D. Davis from the Astros earlier in the day.

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