It has been the buzz on the net and on television for weeks, and today it has been made official. The New York Mets have traded away Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey and the catching duo of Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas for some of the top prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays system.
In return New York is going to be getting catchers Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck, pitcher Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.
d’Arnaud, who was ranked by MLB.com as the 11-th best prospect in all of baseball is projected to be the next Mike Piazza in the backstop position for New York. The 23-year-old batted .333 (93-279) with 45 runs score, 21 doubles and two triples with Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate.
Buck maybe the starting catcher for the Mets come opening day having the most experience behind the dish; that is pending any other moves. The 32-year-old has hit 48 homers over the last three years, which is the third-most in the majors as a catcher.
Syndergaard finished third in the Midwest League with 122 strikeouts in 27 games. The 20-year-old issued 31 walks while allowing three homers.
Becerra is only 18 but has already recorded four doubles and RBI’s in 11 games with the rookie-level Gulf Coast Blue Jays.
There has been a ton of not only debate, but mixed feelings by many on this move. Many felt that having R.A. for the season gave the Mets a great chance of winning next season.
Others feel that if d’Arnaud can reach the potential that he can that the Mets future can be a very bright one.
Either way it had to have been a tough decision and process for the Mets brass and for R.A. Dickey to have gone through. R.A. has become a beloved figure in New York, showing a heart and grit not seen in quite some time.
For now though, Mets fans will have to wait on pins and needles to see what moves Sandy Alderson will make for 2013.
“We do expect to do some other things,” said Sandy Alderson. “We do expect to acquire some other players. We’re certainly not punting on 2013.”
Alderson is very high on both d’Arnaud and Syndergaard, so for now the Mets fan will have to wait to see what the future holds for the Blue and Orange.
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