By Joe McDonald at 16 December, 2012, 11:22 am
Looks like R. A. Dickey will be learning “Oh Canada.”
The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner seems to be on his way north as the Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays are working on a seven player deal, which also includes catcher Josh Thole.
The Mets will get two of the three best prospects in the Toronto system in return, including catcher Travis d’Arnaud and right hander Noah Syndergaard along with catcher John Buck, who was recently acquired from the Miami Marlins in the Jays big deal last month.
Getting d’Arnaud is the centerpiece of the deal. A power hitting backstop who could translate into the next Mike Piazza.
“I love him,’’ one NL scout said on Saturday to the NY Daily News. “When you take into account that he plays a premium position, he was the best position-player prospect I saw in the minors all last season. He can catch, he can throw, and he can hit.
“He’s very sound mechanically at the plate. He’ll hit 20 home runs a year in the big leagues, and eventually he’ll hit .280 to .290 or so. I know Toronto wants to win now, and I think Dickey will be good for them, but I’m still surprised they’re giving this kid up.’’
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This is the type of trade the Mets wanted if they were going to trade their ace. And if Dickey is gone from the Mets, it may open a spot earlier for their top prospect Zach Wheeler, who is expected to form a tandem with Matt Harvey.