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The Daily Chop: Will Braves have improved catching situation in 2020?

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The Braves will enter the season with Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers splitting time behind the plate in 2020. How will this catching situation compare to 2019?

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Early this offseason, the retirement of Braves legend Brian McCann in October enabled Atlanta to aggressively pursue alternative options behind the plate. McCann split time with Tyler Flowers in 2019, and while he provided a necessary veteran presence for a youthful roster, his production curtailed severely down the stretch. While replacing the leadership McCann provided is no small task, the Braves acted quickly in securing a replacement that should be more productive in Travis d’Arnaud. How will d’Arnaud and Flowers fare in 2020?

Entering the offseason, following the McCann announcement, many clamored for the Braves to sign Yasmani Grandal. That dream quickly evaporated as the White Sox signed Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal, but the Braves were quick to sign d’Arnaud before the catching market became too scarce. Now Atlanta has the comfort of relying on d’Arnaud and Flowers, who combined for 3.7 fWAR in 2019. Those numbers could be affected by an altered workload in 2020, but each player should once again provide significant value.

As noted in an MLB.com piece by Paul Casella, the reunion of d’Arnaud and Braves catching coach Sal Fasano, who worked together in Toronto, could pay dividends for Atlanta as d’Arnaud looks to improve upon a down season defensively in 2019. The Braves have been a consistent purveyor of platoons at the catching position in recent years, and will likely employ something similar next season. How do you feel about the Braves’ current catching situation?

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