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The Daily Chop: Braves find their new catcher

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Braves give two-year deal to Travis d’Arnaud.

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The Atlanta Braves struck again on Sunday adding free agent catcher Travis d’Arnaud on a two-year, $16 million deal. He will pair with Tyler Flowers and replace Brian McCann as the team’s catcher tandem for the 2020 season.

While d’Arnaud is not a big name signing like Yasmani Grandal, he was one of the best catchers still available in free agency. Alex Anthopoulos discussed the move with reporters Sunday evening and said that d’Arnaud was near the top of the team’s list.

Atlanta’s catching position seems set now for the next couple of seasons. Flowers is signed through 2020 and d’Arnaud now through 2021. That would theoretically give top catching prospects Shea Langeliers and William Contreras more development time without blocking them completely.

The Braves still need to find a solution for third base and perhaps another starter for the rotation but their 2020 roster is starting to take shape.

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