Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 12/17/12
While the ‘official announcement’ of the deal sending R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays is far less exciting than the rumors and circumstances leading up to it, the team has issued it’s customary press release which reads as follows. Photo by Michael G. Baron The New York Mets today announced that they acquired catchers Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck, righthanded pitcher Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. TRAVIS D’ARNAUD (pronounced “DAR-no”) The 23-year-old d’Arnaud was ranked by MLB.com as the 11th-best prospect in all of baseball and the best catching prospect this past September.  The righthanded hitter batted .333 (93-279) with 45 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 52 RBI with a .380 on-base percentage in 67 games with Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate, Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League, last season. The Long Beach, Calif. native missed the final two months of the season after suffering a tear to the posterior cruciate ligament of his left knee which did not require surgery. He was named the Eastern League’s Most Valuable Player in 2011 after hitting .311 (132-424) with 72 runs scored, 33 doubles, 21 home runs and 78 RBI with a .371 on-base percentage with New Hampshire (AA).  D’Arnaud also led the EL with a .542 slugging percentage and was named the league’s best defensive catcher by EL managers. A former first-round compensation selection by Philadelphia in 2007, d’Arnaud was acquired by the Blue Jays in the trade that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies in December, 2009. The 6-2, 195-pounder has hit .286 (523-1,828) with 133 doubles, 66 home runs, 289 RBI with a .343 on-base percentage and a .474 slugging percentage in six minor league seasons. D’Arnaud has been named to four minor league All-Star teams during that span and twice played in MLB’s Futures Game. His older brother Chase is an infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. JOHN BUCK Photo by Michael G. Baron Buck, 32, has 48 home runs over the last three years (2010-2012), the third-most in the majors as a catcher behind Brian McCann (63) and Matt Wieters (53).  The 6-2, 230-pounder also has 160 RBI while playing behind the plate, ranking sixth in the majors during that span. Buck was an All-Star in 2010 when he hit 20 home runs and drove in 66 runs for the Blue Jays. The Kemmerer, Wyo. native batted .192 (66-343) with 15 doubles, 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 106 games for the Miami Marlins last year. Buck has hit .235 (737-3,131) with 159 doubles, 118 home runs and 423 RBI during his nine-year career with the Royals, Blue Jays and Marlins. NOAH SYNDERGAARD (pronounced “Sin-Der-Guard”) Syndergaard, 20, went 8-5 with a 2.60 ERA (30 earned runs/103.2 innings) and finished third in the Midwest League with 122 strikeouts in 27 games, 19 starts, for Lansing (A) in 2012.  The 6-5, 200-pounder issued 31 walks and allowed three home runs while holding opponents to a .212 batting average. The Mansfield, Tex. native ended 2012 as the third-best prospect in the Blue Jays organization according to MLB.com. Syndergaard was Toronto’s first round selection (38th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Syndergaard is 13-8 with a 2.35 ERA (46 earned runs/176.0 innings) and 196 strikeouts in 45 games, 35 starts in three minor league seasons. WUILMER BECERRA (pronounced “Wilmer Ba-Ser-ah”) Becerra, 18, hit .250 (8-32) with four doubles and four RBI in 11 games with the rookie-level Gulf Coast Blue Jays last year.  The 6-4, 190-pounder is the son of former St. Louis Cardinals scout and Venezuelan star Wilmer Becerra.” #bbpBox_280810648693264385 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_280810648693264385 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } RA Dickey trade official. He receives $29 million guarantee over next 3 seasons. Deal includes $12 million club option for 2016. @MLBONFOX 35 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @jonmorosi Jon Morosi I have to admit, while I see the reasoning behind the trade and can’t ignore the growing sentiment that Sandy Alderson pulled of a huge coup by obtaining the Jay’s #1 hitting and pitching prospects in this trade, seeing the knuckleballer tweet out the following messages to his fans makes it easy to remember why his presence will be missed. #bbpBox_280803676417847296 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_280803676417847296 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Now that its official, I want to say that I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support and… about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @RADickey43 R.A. Dickey #bbpBox_280804169600860161 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_280804169600860161 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Encouragement I received from all of you.Ive always felt that there was a connection beyond the uniform.Thank you for making me feel wanted about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @RADickey43 R.A. Dickey #bbpBox_280804577538879488 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_280804577538879488 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Looking forward to a new chapter with the Jays. 59 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @RADickey43 R.A. Dickey It’s worth noting that according to multiple reports there was no exchange of money in the deal.  Dickey was sent to earn $5 million in 2012 while John Buck will earn $6 million, so it appears as though the Mets elected to take on a little salary in order to get the players they wanted. #bbpBox_280806000632659969 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_280806000632659969 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Wow. Buck making $6M. So that means the Mets went for bigger prospect over payoff. // RT @JonHeymanCBS: There’s no $ in mets deal. 54 minutes ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Here is what Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports had to say about the trade.
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