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.
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.
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.