This afternoon, the New York Mets announced the finalization of a seven-player deal that sent R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for top catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud, veteran catcher John Buck, Toronto’s top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard and 18-year-old OF Wuilmer Becerra. After which, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, along with Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, spoke with reporters about the trade.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Toronto approached the Mets at the GM meetings about Dickey and the two clubs signed an agreement on the players involved Thursday afternoon, though, the Jays wouldn’t have agreed to the trade “without an extension with Dickey.”
Meanwhile, Alderson told reporters the following in regards to where d’Arnaud would start the 2013 season:
“I talked to Travis a little bit earlier today and I told him he would come to camp and we would see what happens. We’ve got a very capable catcher in John Buck. … Certainly having not played through the second half of last season, without having played any winter ball, everything will be predicated on how he performs in spring training. So we’ll just have to see how that goes. At the same time, we do expect Travis is very close to the major leagues. And if he doesn’t make it out of spring training, we would expect to see him at some point very soon thereafter — probably in 2013.”
According to Rubin, Alderson insisted the Mets are not punting 2013 and he is hopeful that the clubs popularity in years to come will be more of a function of the teams success and not individuals, saying:
“No. 1, we have made this trade, and we feel a number of the players that we’ve acquired –– John Buck, certainly — and probably Travis d’Arnaud will make contributions in 2013. We can’t quantify those at the moment. But we do have expectations about that. In addition, there’s a lot of time between now and when we report to spring training. So we do expect to do some other things. We do expect to acquire some other players. We recognize we have holes to fill — that we may have created a hole in our rotation, but we will address those. We certainly are not punting on 2013. …I’m hopeful in coming years that our overall popularity will be more a function of our success than individuals. But, look, I recognize this is an entertainment business. It was great to have R.A. here, and yet we felt in the best interest of the organization and the long-term popularity of the team that this was the right thing to do.”
To read a full transcript on the Alderson conference call, check out this post to MetsBlog.com.
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