Earlier this morning (yes this column is being written just before 6 am) I was given some insight on the deal that would send Mets ace and current reigning Cy Young Award winner, R.A Dickey to the Blue Jays by a source that has some insight on whats going on.
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.
So if I could put on my armchair G.M hat I would say if this is a five player deal the Mets more than likely would have to give up Dickey along with catcher Josh Thole – along with a minor league prospect – my guess it would be a player on the level as a Wilmer Flores or a Jennry Mejia for d’Arnaud and Gosse. If this turns out to be a seven player deal I have no idea who else the Mets would be willing to deal. But I have to stress that I am just speculating on the other players who may be included in this package. My source also believes this deal will be finalized by the end of today.
So take what I just said with a grain of salt – but if my info is accurate this will be a great trade by Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson.
UPDATE 12:13PM As per the New ork Post’s Joel Sherman – Blue jays outfielder Anthony Gose is not part of the deal- but Andy Martino from the New York Daily News says Gose is still part of the talks but it is possible he is not dealt.
UPDATE 3:10 Blue Jays are apparently looking for a catcher in return ( Thole?) Mets might get Catcher, John Buck as well as per Mike Puma of the New York Post
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
One of the worst managers in Mets history, Mr “Lights Up a Room” himself, Art Howe is 66 (1946) .
The former Met we all love to tease, first baseman, Mo Vaughn is 45 (1967).
Sadly on this date in 2002, Dick Stuart, the Mets first baseman from the ’66 season passed away.
The New York Mets traded Lee Walls to the Los Angeles Dodgers for utility infielder, Charlie Neal and middle reliever, Willard Hunter on December 15, 1961.
The New York Mets traded pitcher, Jack Fisher, outfielder, Tommy Davis, middle reliever, Billy Wynne and minor league catcher, Buddy Booker to the Chicago White Sox for outfielder, Tommie Agee and shortstop, Al Weis on December 15, 1967. This was one of the trades that helped the Mets propel themselves from lovable losers to World Series Champs.
The New York Mets traded starting pitcher, John Pacella and utility infielder, José Moreno to the San Diego Padres for starting pitcher, Randy Jones on December 15, 1980. At one time Jones was one of the top pitchers in the National League, but he was way passed his prime by the time he was traded to the Mets and retired after 2 seasons with the team.
The New York Mets traded starting pitcher, Bob Ojeda and minor league pitcher, Greg Hansell to the Los Angeles Dodgers for third baseman/outfielder, Hubie Brooks on December 15, 1990. I was surprised and confused by this trade. Ojeda was still a viably starter whereas Brooks was past his prime.
The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Jeff Barry to the San Diego Padres for middle reliever, Pedro Martinez on December 15, 1995. No not that Pedro Martinez !
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve outfielder, Carlos Mendoza on December 15, 1999.
The New York Mets traded shortstop, Rey Ordóñez to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for minor league third baseman, Russ Johnson and minor league first baseman, Josh Pressley on December 15, 2002.
The San Francisco Giants signed second baseman, Edgardo Alfonzo of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 15, 2002. I was very surprised that the Mets didn’t retain the popular Alfonzo. He was a class act who after he signed with the Giants took out ads thanking the Mets fan base.
The Mets drafted utility man, Eric Valent from the Cincinnati Reds on December 15, 2003.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed relief pitcher, Roberto Hernandez of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 15, 2005.
The St. Louis Cardinals signed closer, Braden Looper of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 15, 2005. I still think Looper was unfairly maligned by the fans during his last season as a Met when he pitched through injuries.
Mo Vaughn is not getting older – he’s getting wider !!!