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Very rarely do you see a pitcher win the Cy Young Award and then get traded during the offseason. Then again, very rarely do you see a 38 year old knuckleballer winning the Cy Young Award.
Unless you live under a rock, the journey that R.A. Dickey has taken to this point of his career has been one of the biggest stories of 2012. His rollercoaster career hit its peak this season when Dickey won the National League Cy Young with a 20-6 record and a 2.73 ERA.
And despite the historic season, the Mets seem keen on trading Dickey for young talent. On Friday, it was reported that the Mets and Blue Jays were closing in on a deal for the pitcher and on Saturday these rumors only picked up steam.
There have not been a lot of instances in major league history where trading away the reigning Cy Young winner would be a good idea, but the Mets are right on with this move. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been trying to rebuild this team since he took the position in 2010 and completing this trade would give Mets fans assurance that he is certainly doing that.
Travis d’Arnaud would give the Mets stability at the catching position for years to come if acquired by the team. PHOTO COURTESY: DANIEL SHIREY/US PRESSWIRE
The centerpiece of the trade would be catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud who has a .286 career batting average in the minors. In 2011, d’Arnaud hit .311 with 21 homeruns while at AA New Hampshire. Last year at AAA Las Vegas, d’Arnaud hit .333 with 16 homeruns and 52 runs batted in only 67 games.
D’arnaud was ranked as the 25th best prospect by Major League Baseball before the 2012 season. Baseball America had him ranked as the 17th prospect in all of baseball. One scout had pretty high praise for D’arnaud according to ESPN New York and believes he will be a solid major league catcher for years to come.
“A chance to be an offensive catcher with .275 BA, 20-25 homers. Works with pitchers well and calls a good game. Still needs work blocking balls to his right. Future good No. 6 hitter with potential leadership.”
The only concern that the Mets may have with the 23 year old catcher is that he has been injured a few times. He was limited to only 67 games last year because of a knee injury he suffered while sliding into second base. He also tore a ligament in his left thumb in October of 2011.
The trade has not been finalized yet and the other players involved are just rumored at this point, but one report sees the Mets getting possibly the Blue Jays top three prospects. The same report has Josh Thole going to the Blue Jays along with Dickey because the Blue Jays want a catcher in return.
Others such as outfield prospect Anthony Gose have been rumored in this deal but none have been confirmed just yet. It is very clear that the Blue Jays have the depth in their farm system to get this deal done and that is exactly what the Mets need in return for their Cy Young Award winner
Mets fans would hate to see Dickey go, who was the feel good story of the 2012 season. A great leader who could help their young pitchers grow into mature major leaguers is a tough thing to let go. Dickey would come in and make the Blue Jays the favorites in the AL East while the Mets will still be a few years away from competing.
Despite that, this is becoming a trade that the Mets need to make. Fans will be upset to see Dickey go but need to understand this team is not built to win right now. Alderson has made the right moves expanding the team’s farm system as he has gotten some of the league’s best prospects over the last two years
Patience will be a virtue for the Mets but if they can stay the course, the potential for this team to make a run in the near future will be high.
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