MLB writers covering the trade say it may not be completed until tomorrow or Monday (if at all – you never know), but a proposed/likely scenario was laid out by Joel Sherman tonight. I think it’s enough information for everyone to check out the details and come to a conclusion. Personally, I love it – so I hope much doesn’t change! The details are still being worked out and the Blue Jays likely want Dickey to sign an extension with them in order to complete the trade.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 16, 2012
- Travis d’Arnaud (C): Baseball America’s #1 Blue Jays prospect. Posted a .975 OPS in 67 AAA games last season (16 HR, 62 RBI). Ended his 2012 season with knee surgery; he has since recovered from the injury. Consistently ranked as a top 20 prospect in the MLB prior to the 2012 season. If you’d like some frosting on the cake – his defense is also above average. I have not has this confirmed, but it looks as if the Mets may be able to gain an additional year of control over d’Arnaud if he wait until June to call him up.
- Noah Syndergaard (RHP): Baseball America’s #2 Blue Jays prospect (since Marisnick was traded to the Marlins). Posted a 2.60 ERA and a 1.080 WHIP in single A last season. His fastball sits at 94-95 miles per hour, and he can touch up to 99 mph (source). Scouting reports place his fastball as a ++ pitch, his curveball as a + pitch, his changeup as an average pitching – and I’ve read he’s working on a slider as well (source). Average control so far, but given his being 20 and in single A this has time to develop. Definitely has near ace-level talent. Syndergaard was consistently ranked as a top 100 MLB prospect prior to the 2012 season (generally in the upper 80s/90s).
- John Buck (C): Controlled for 1 more season ($6.5 million salary). Likely to become the Mets backup catcher once d’Arnaud takes over, but I could see him beginning the season as the starting backstop. Buck has posted a career .708 OPS playing for the Royals, Blue Jays, and Marlins. Buck has moderate power (for a catcher), but struggles to get on base. Buck’s defense is below average. Overall I think we should be happy to get a guy like this to be our backup, but I hope he isn’t the starter for too long.
- “Not elite prospect”
Blue Jays get:
- R.A. Dickey (RHP): Reigning Cy Young winner. Controlled for 1 more season, although a 2 year extension is likely. Has posted an ERA of 2.95 over the past 3 seasons, averaging around 30 starts per season.
- Josh Thole (C): Controlled for 4 more seasons. Has posted a lifetime .664 OPS with the Mets, although his offensive output has declined in every season. As we know, Thole is a below average defender behind the plate.
- “Not elite prospect”
Further reading: [Baseball America's top Toronto Blue Jays prospects page]