First, which scouts are we talking about? The Phillies, who drafted him at age 18 but were willing to give up on him at 21? Toronto? Who looked at him for a couple of injury filled seasons and decided he wasn't going to be that guy behind the plate? Or the Mets who hyped him and now at the age of 28 we are supposed to believe he is ready to burst out?
Of course, there is always the chance that he hits 45 homers and drives in 148 runs like Johnny Bench did, or hit 40 homers and 124 ribbies that Piazza did TWICE.
However, there are 3 things that come to my mind with d'Arnaud.
1. The Mets tried to trade him for Lucroy and were rejected. They were willing to give up TDA and a player, but never specified which player. They were rejected.
2. The Mets put Travis on waivers. That alone isn't unusual , since it often happens when teams try to trade someone late in the season and they have the choice to revoke the waiver if they don't get the right offer. Any team , form worst to best can claim the player on waivers. The issue for me is that not one single team claimed d'Arnaud. Not one. Why ? Nobody in either league could have used him even as a back up. The Mets put TDA on waivers on August 9th, 2016.
NY Daily News 8/9/16 : The Mets had made d’Arnaud available in their talks with the Brewers about All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy last month. The Mets pressed hard on that deal, but did not have the prospects to pull it off
Waiver trades are more difficult because they depend on standings in the league and whether the player’s team really wants to go through with parting ways, but the Mets have had success with waiver trades in the past. Last season, they got Addison Reed in a waiver-wire trade with the Diamondbacks for two minor leaguers on Aug. 30. After the non-waiver trade deadline, teams must pass their players through waivers and any team may claim them. If a player is claimed, the team can work out a trade or revoke the waivers or retain the player or let the claiming team take the player on the current contract. If more than one team claims a player, the team with the weakest record in the same league gets priority. If multiple teams from the other league claim him, the team with the worse record gets preference
3. This is a point that the media seems to let slide. The ace of the Mets staff , Syndergaard, feels more comfortable with Rivera behind the plate. 3 weeks ago, Terry Collins said this; "“Coming out of the gate, if Travis is our number 1 guy, then he’s going to catch, but you might see Renee catching Noah, if that’s what makes him the most comfortable,” . What??? While d'Arnaud has shown when healthy he can hit , he has never shown he is a good defensive catcher. While that rambling idiot Gary Cohen talks about how "great Travis is at framing pitches" base runners run wild, balls in the dirt get past him, and the ace of the staff doesn't want him 'framing pitches' for him. By the way, do MLB umpires somehow get mesmerized when TDA is framing these pitches and everything becomes a strike ? Just wondering.
So if TDA puts up Piazza/ Bench numbers he will prove me wrong. Until then, I am no fan of the 'man of glass'.