Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 2/19/13
Since the trade of R.A. Dickey earlier this off season, the buzz has been about sensational prospect Travis d’Arnaud. And why not? His potential is agreed to be limitless. Even to the point of being compared to a young Johnny Bench. While time will tell, the forgotten man in all of this is John Buck. Insiders have even stated that he could be traded when D’Arnaud is promoted to the majors. When seeing this report, one can understand the logic. After all, Buck’s $6 million contract would be easy to move as long as the Mets are willing to eat most of it in exchange for higher prospects. But when you think about it, while it could make sense, one has to ask why he should be dealt. Buck most certainly would still be valuable to the team as the backup than as trade bait. There are at least three reasons why: his experience, his rapport with Shaun Marcum and his impact on Johan Santana. First is his experience. The remaining backup would be Anthony Recker, a 29 year old career minor-leaguer
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