Update: 1:55 p.m.: The two teams have agreed to a deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fo Sports. Dickey, Josh Thole, and a minor leaguer will be heading to Toronto, with the Mets receiving Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, John Buck, and a minor leaguer or cash. However, the last two players ares till unknown.
The Blue Jays have until 2 p.m. Tuesday to sign Dickey to an extension.
Update: 12:57 p.m.: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports the Mets have looked over Travis d’Arnaud’s medical records, and are not worried about his knee. d’Arnaud tore his PCL last June, causing him to miss the second half of the season.
Update: 3:22 p.m.: Mike Puma is reporting that the Mets will likely get Noah Snydergaard, the Blue Jays’ top pitching prospect in the package as well as d’Arnaud.
Update: 3:07 p.m.: Mike Puma of the New York Post tweets that the trade involves seven players, with three going to Toronto, and four coming back to the Mets.
Puma also tweeted the Mets may be sending a catcher to Toronto, with the Mets also receiving another catcher. Puma speculates that Hole could go, with the Mets receiving Buck.
Update: 2:54 p.m.: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is reporting that a deal is “imminent:”
Source: Mets-Jays inching toward finish line. At least some players’ medicals have been reviewed and OK’d. At this point, it’s imminent.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 15, 2012
Passan also says the rest of the deal is still a mystery:
As we reported last night, R.A. Dickey and Travis d’Arnaud are the centerpieces of the deal. Other pieces remain unknown.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 15, 2012
My source is telling me that this might be a bigger deal than originally reported- and when I say bigger I mean on the level as the Marlins/Jays deal from last month. The Mets will allegedly get stud catching prospect. Travis d’Arnaud and outfield prospect, Anthony Gose while the Mets will part with Dickey, and possibly a couple more players. My source said this could be either be a 5 player deal or a 7 player deal.
Honestly, I have no idea what to believe right now. All we know is that Dickey would go to Toronto and d’Arnaud would go to the Mets if Dickey agreed to an extension. There haven’t been any reports of who else will be changing teams.
Update 12:52 p.m.: According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the two sides have agreed that d’Arnaud is going to be the centerpiece in the deal. However, they are still negotiating who the other players going to the Met will be.
Update: 12:34 p.m.: Things have actually become more unclear since last night. There are conflicting reports about whether or not d’Arnaud, Gose, or both are heading to New York. Here are the latest updates:
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Mets will not get d’Arnaud unless Dickey signs an extension with them. Sherman also reported that Anthony Gose is not in the deal.
- Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Blue Jays are willing to put Gose in a deal, but that doesn’t mean he is in the current package.
- According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, the Mets will have to send Dickey (signed to an extension) and a top prospect in order to get D’Arnaud.
Original Post: Anibal Sanchez re-signed with the Tigers last night, leaving only one elite pitcher on the trade or free agent market: R.A. Dickey. Rumors have swirled throughout the day about what’s going on. Nobody is completely sure, although it is clear that the Blue Jays are the ftonr-runners, and have offered a deal that they like. According to Jon Heyman, the deal involves catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, arguably the best catching prospect in baseball.
travis d’arnaud was heavily discussed w/ toronto as well as arencibia. hearing #mets may be landing d’arnaud. unconfirmed
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 15, 2012
d’Arnaud, 23, was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the 17th best prospect in baseball. After the season, MLB.com had him ranked 11th overall. He is certainly the difference-maker the Mets were looking for. If the Mets have to trade Dickey, this was the guy they should trade him for. Here’s a look at his incredible minor league numbers:
The thing to watch for now will be what else the Mets get in return to go along with d’Arnaud. The Blue Jays were willing to give up Anthony Gose, a speedy outfielder ranked 39th by Baseball America before the season started. He struggled after being called up in the second half with the Blue Jays, but had a .286/.366/.419 slash line with 34 stolen bases in 102 games. In 511 minor league games, Gose has stolen 228 bases.
Check back for updates and analysis as the rumors continue.