Sources ranging from Rusty at TRDMB to less highly-regarded ones such as Jon Heyman, Andy Martino, and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (according to MLBTR) are all reporting that the Mets may send Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays to rejoin Jose Reyes. Supposedly the return will include stud catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and outfielder Anthony Gose.
Should this turn out to be true, Alderson will deserve universal and rather vociferous praise.
This writer has been firm in his bias towards starting pitching, and feels that Dickey should only be traded for players who have serious potential to have real impact and possibly at key positions.
This trade would achieve that without a doubt.
d’Arnaud was ranked by Baseball America as the game’s #17 prospect prior to the 2012 season. While he does strike out a fair amount, he hits for average and power, and has improved at every level, sporting a .975 OPS with 16 HR and 21 2B in just 67 AAA games this year. He was expected to be a Sept. callup to TOR but tore a PCL in his knee. According to reports, the ACL and MCL were not damaged, and he’s expected to be 100% for spring training. He turns 24 in February.
Anthony Gose is a lightning-fast center fielder who was the game’s 39th best prospect before 2012. He also strikes out a fair amount, but manages a decent OBP, steals bases, and has a little pop, hitting 16 HR in AA in 2011. He can be counted on the steal bases and smack triples, and as he played 56 games for the Blue Jays this year, he would instantly be the Met opening day CF. He turned 22 in August.
Both players were Phillies draft picks, d’Arnaud going to Toronto in the Halladay deal, and Gose to Houston in the Oswalt trade then being traded to the Jays. The Phils have developed some fine players in recent years which should add to these youngsters’ pedigrees-in addition, how sweet would it be to see them develop into stars and lead the Mets back to supremacy over their rivals?
The deal is not done yet, but should it happen in some form like this, the team will in all likelihood have instantly improved two positions which are often key to having great teams, and with young, inexpensive players under team control for years.
The feeling here is that while Dickey could have continued to be productive for 2-3 more years, a trade was acceptable and even a positive were it to have a return of this magnitude. Packages surrounding players like Trumbo or Olt, who would be power hitters playing out of position in cavernous Citi Field, were clearly very risky as a return for a pitcher of Dickey’s ability. But this package would not be. This would be obtaining two players with massive potential, at key positions, who could revamp the team on several levels almost overnight.
Stay tuned for updates.