Showing posts with label Blue Jays. Show all posts
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Mets News: Mets will get to play Astros and Blue Jays in Spring Training


Mets News:


The Mets are on the verge of getting a pair of new spring-training neighbors.

The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays plan to move into a new facility to be built in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Astros owner Jim Crane told the Houston Chronicle.

That is about a 45-minute drive from the Mets' home in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

It gives the Mets two additional teams within proximity, varying the opponents from a steady dose of seeing the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in recent years.

The Mets had needed to make two-hour-plus bus trips to face non-division opponents as teams in recent years left the Atlantic side of the state, including the Los Angeles Dodgers moving to Arizona and the Baltimore Orioles leaving Fort Lauderdale for Sarasota.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Press Release: Mets Make it Official, Trade Dickey to Blue Jays


New York Mets Press Release:

The New York Mets today announced that they acquired catchers Travis d'Arnaud and John Buck, righthanded pitcher Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.

TRAVIS D'ARNAUD (pronounced "DAR-no")
The 23-year-old d'Arnaud was ranked by MLB.com as the 11th-best prospect in all of baseball and the best catching prospect this past September. The righthanded hitter batted .333 (93-279) with 45 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 52 RBI with a .380 on-base percentage in 67 games with Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League, last season. The Long Beach, Calif. native missed the final two months of the season after suffering a tear to the posterior cruciate ligament of his left knee which did not require surgery.

He was named the Eastern League's Most Valuable Player in 2011 after hitting .311 (132-424) with 72 runs scored, 33 doubles, 21 home runs and 78 RBI with a .371 on-base percentage with New Hampshire (AA). D'Arnaud also led the EL with a .542 slugging percentage and was named the league's best defensive catcher by EL managers.

A former first-round compensation selection by Philadelphia in 2007, d'Arnaud was acquired by the Blue Jays in the trade that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies in December, 2009. The 6-2, 195-pounder has hit .286 (523-1,828) with 133 doubles, 66 home runs, 289 RBI with a .343 on-base percentage and a .474 slugging percentage in six minor league seasons. D'Arnaud has been named to four minor league All-Star teams during that span and twice played in MLB's Futures Game. His older brother Chase is an infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Mets, Jays complete trade for Dickey


Its official. R.A Dickey is officially a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mets received arguably the best catching prospect in the game, Travis d'arnaud. In addition, they also received highly-touted pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, veteran catcher John Buck, and 18-year old minor league outfielder Wuilmer Becerra. The Blue Jays received Dickey, and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.

The NL CY Young Award winner signed a two year, $25 million extension with Toronto. The Blue Jays bulked up their roster earlier in the offseason by trading for Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson. Trading away some of their top prospects prove that the Jays are looking to win now.

In my opinion, this trade was a steal for the Mets. Dickey is an aging pitcher(he's 38), and you don't know what kind of numbers he is going to put up this season. This was a guy that came into spring training a couple of years ago who was unsure if he was going to even make the opening day roster. Now, he is the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade.

Travis d'arnaud is a guy who has the potential to be a perennial all star. The Mets haven't had an all star catcher singe the great Mike Piazza. There will be some fans who will want to see d'arnaud start on opening day. However, it may be a smart move to keep him in Triple-A for the first three weeks of the season. Why? Because if he plays 20 games in Vegas(Mets affiliate), then his free agency will be pushed back to 2019 instead of 2018.

Syndergaard is a hard throwing pitcher who also has a very high ceiling. He is a long way from the majors, but he is considered a top prospect. What seemed like a very weak farm system a few years ago, the Mets now have a load of prospects that have the potential to be great players at the next level. Will this trade for the Mets pay off? Only time will tell.

Dickey Agrees to Extension with Blue Jays, Pending Physical


Dickey landed in Florida to undergo his physical, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports (Twitter links). Some of the two-year, $25MM extension will be a signing bonus.

Assuming Dickey's physical goes as expected, he'll join the Blue Jays along with Josh Thole and a prospect. In return, the Mets would obtain Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, John Buck and a prospect.

The Mets New Players:

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dickey Trade Done Deal?


Rumor Mill:

The Mets and Blue Jays have agreed in principle to trade that will send Dickey to the Blue Jays, Ken Rosenthal reports (on Twitter).

The deal is contingent on Toronto being able to work out a contract extension with Dickey and they'll have a negotiating window of 72 hours, expiring Tuesday at 1pm CST (Twitter link).

The deal was said to be a three-for-four swap with Dickey, Josh Thole, and a prospect going to Toronto for Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, John Buck, and a prospect.  Neither prospect is expected to be of exceptionally high quality.

Many other teams had interest in trading for Dickey. Every AL East team checked in on him, and the Royals, Rangers, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Angels were also interested at various points during the off-season.

Rumor Mill: Mets getting close on Dickey Trade


The Mets are closing in on the trade that will send the reining NL Cy-Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays...

It's currently a 3-for-4 trade according to Sherman (all Twitter links). Dickey, Thole, and a prospect will go to Toronto for d'Arnaud, Syndergaard, John Buck, and a prospect. Sherman says the two unnamed prospects would not be elite guys. He adds that the framework could change since the Blue Jays will send the Mets money to help cover Buck's salary.


Evaluators around baseball are beyond shocked that Toronto is talking about trading d'Arnaud for a player with one year on his contract in Dickey, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Twitter links).  The broad perception in the industry is that if the Mets pull off the deal, it's an incredible trade for them.

The combination of Syndergaard and d'Arnaud seems like an overpay by the Blue Jays unless they can get Dickey to sign an extension and also land a quality prospect in the deal, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.  Rosenthal adds that he wants to see the full deal before making a judgement on it, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported yesterday that neither prospect in the deal will be an elite one.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rumor Mill: Seven Player deal with Blue Jays??


Rumor Mill:

As of this morning, the deal had four players coming to the Mets and three to the Blue Jays, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (Twitter links).

Toronto also wants a catcher back in the deal, and that could be Thole.  The Mets have discussed getting pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in the deal as well, Puma tweets.

The two teams are inching towards the finish line, a source tells Passan (via Twitter).  At least some players' medicals have been reviewed and a deal is imminent.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says the two sides have agreed that d'Arnaud can be the centerpiece of the trade after the Mets rejected a Gose/J.P. Arencibia package (all Twitter links). Once they finalize the rest of the players involved, it's believed Dickey will talk about an extension with Toronto.

It is believed from what I read that the Mets will send Pitcher R.A. Dickey, Catcher Josh Thole, and either RHP Jeurys Familia or IF/OF Wilmer Flores for Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Catcher John Buck, OF Anthony Gose, and  LHP Noah Syndergaard.... Nothing Confirmed yet!

Stay Tuned!


Rumor Mill: Mets nearing a deal with Blue Jays for Dickey


Rumor Mill:

The Blue Jays and Mets are nearing a trade that would send R.A. Dickey to Toronto for top prospect Travis d'Arnaud according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Other players involved in the deal are unconfirmed.

Richard Griffin of The Toronto Star reports (on Twitter) that the Blue Jays need to sign Dickey to an extension and receive a top prospect from the Mets if they're going to include d'Arnaud and Gose in the trade.

Dickey has not yet engaged the Blue Jays in contract extension talks, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. He also has yet to be asked to take a physical.

The Blue Jays are willing to include d'Arnaud and Anthony Gose in the trade according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (Twitter links). Any other names remain unconfirmed.

Martino reports (on Twitter) that the Blue Jays have been reviewing Dickey's medicals since yesterday afternoon.

Joel Sherman reports (on Twitter) that Gose is not part of the trade talks for Dickey. The Blue Jays are building a package around d'Arnaud.





Friday, December 14, 2012

Rumor Mill: Blue Jays in Lead for Dickey Trade, Rangers out


Rumor Mill:

Here are the Dickey Rumors and News from around the internet:

D'Arnaud is very much in play in the talks, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The deal would be bigger, however, with multiple pieces going both ways.

There has been mention on Twitter that Ike Davis might be in the package, but that remains to be seen.. I have seen Adam Lind's name mentioned in return to replace Davis at 1B.

Not happy if that happens...

The Mets may be landing d'Arnaud in the deal, Heyman tweets.

Travis d'Arnaud was a "must have" during the winter meetings for a deal with the Blue Jays to happen, sources tell Andy Martino of the Daily News (via Twitter).

Two sources involved in the talks say not to expect any resolution with Dickey tonight, tweets Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The Mets and Blue Jays have made progress on a potential deal, Morosi reports (on Twitter). They aren't in agreement at this point.

The Blue Jays began the day with the belief that they could obtain Dickey within 24-48 hours, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports (on Twitter).

Rumor Mill: With Hamilton Signing, Opens Door to Dickey Trade?


The trade market for R.A. Dickey might open now.... GM Sandy Alderson has refused to give in to recent trade proposals of one prospect for Dickey... He has been constantly monitoring the trade market in the hopes of turning Dickey, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, into a youthful package of position players.

The process has left Dickey pissed off with some team officials grumbling about his public complaints and potentially produced a favorable terrain for the Mets, who may be able to reap the benefits of Josh Hamilton’s reported five-year, $125 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

There is no guarantee that a trade will now happen, but the shifting terrain does give the Mets more leverage in their talks with Dickey.

The Hamilton contract creates an outfield surplus for the Angels, and also provides the Texas Rangers with an impulse to make a move. In Hamilton, Texas just lost its best hitter to its biggest American League West rival. The Rangers already lost out on signing free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke (Dodgers) and trading for Rays workhorse James Shields (Royals). The Rangers want to rebuild after a disappointing late-season skid cost them a division title.

Texas had previously engaged in lengthy discussions with the Mets regarding Dickey, who Texas drafted in the first round of the 1996 draft. Those talks could heat up, with the Mets targeting third baseman Mike Olt (who could move to the outfield) as the centerpiece of a package.

The Angels would be a late entry into the Dickey sweepstakes. With Hamilton in the fold, a pair of outfielders may be considered expendable. Peter Bourjos is an excellent center fielder, but a question mark at the plate, with a .703 on-base plus slugging percentage. Mark Trumbo packs a wallop — 61 homers in two big-league seasons — but struggles getting on base and may be an adventure in the field.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mets Holding Dickey for Ransom of prospects, List of prospects the Mets have to look at


There are several teams that the Mets might trade for Dickey. The Rangers, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Diamondbacks all remain possibilities..  The Mets are holding Dickey for a ransom of prospects, not just one..  Here is a list of their Top Prospects thanks to Baseball America.. Players in Orange have been talked about...

Texas Rangers  TOP TEN
PROSPECTS

 
1. Jurickson Profar, ss
2. Mike Olt, 3b/1b
3. Martin Perez, lhp
4. Leonys Martin, of
5. Justin Grimm, rhp
6. Luke Jackson, rhp
7. Luis Sardinas, ss/2b
8. Cody Buckel, rhp
9. Jorge Alfaro, c/1b
10. Joey Gallo, 3b

LA Dodgers TOP TEN
PROSPECTS

1. Zach Lee, rhp
2. Allen Webster, rhp
3. Nate Eovaldi, rhp
4. Alfredo Silverio, of
5. Chris Reed, lhp
6. Garrett Gould, rhp
7. Chris Withrow, rhp
8. Josh Lindblom, rhp
9. Joc Pederson, of
10. Tim Federowicz, c

Friday, December 07, 2012

Rumor Mill: Latest Dickey Rumors


Latest Dickey Rumors:

The Royals seem "very interested" in Dickey, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports (all Twitter links).

However, they wouldn't be interested in sending top prospect Wil Myers to New York for the knuckleballer.

Dickey, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson remain in play for the Royals, Dutton reports. However, it now seems unlikely that the Red Sox will move Jon Lester.

The Mets view the Blue Jays, Royals and Rangers as the most likely trade suitors for Dickey, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). In Olney's view Dickey's contract demands may seem more reasonable based on some recent free agent contracts.

The Blue Jays and the Rangers are involved in the talks for Dickey, Heyman tweets. Toronto is thought to be unlikely to part with Travis D'Arnaud but may be willing to trade Anthony Gose.

The Rangers like Dickey but the Mets' prospect request at this point is too rich for them, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The Mets are hoping for the Rangers in the Dickey trade talks, tweets Jon Heyman.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Rumor Mill: Blue Jays might make a package deal for Dickey


Jim Duquette of MLB.com hears that the Blue Jays are one of the "serious suitors" for R.A. Dickey.

Duquette says that the Jays would send J.P. Arencibia and "others" to the Mets in the deal. Arencibia would make sense given that the Mets need catching help, but they would surely seek a better player as the headliner of a deal if they decide to trade Dickey.

I mentioned yesterday that J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis would be a good fit at Citi Field.....

The Red Sox are also interested in the knuckleballer, and the Royals have been mentioned as a possible suitor.

The Mets have to waiting for the Zach Greinke contract to get signed before they make a trade...It will bump the Dickey value up and the Mets can demand more!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Rumor Mill: Tigers, Blue Jays, Padres have inquired about Daniel Murphy, Mets Like Tigers CF Andy Dirks?


Andy Dirks Mets Solution in CF?
The Tigers, Blue Jays, and Padres inquired on Mets infielder Daniel Murphy, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Sherman adds that the Mets like the Tigers' Andy Dirks as a potential center field alternative to Angel Pagan.

Murphy, 26, hit .320/.362/.448 in 423 plate appearances while playing first base, second base, and third base this year.

ANDY DIRK'S STATS

GPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
2011 Regular Season782193455130728113652.251.296.406.703
2011 Postseason251100000110.200.200.200.400
Career782193455130728113652.251.296.406.703

Friday, April 22, 2011

Blue Jays Trade Brad Emaus to Rockies


PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07: Brad Emaus #4 of ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Second baseman Brad Emaus, who was just returned from the Mets to the Blue Jays under the terms of his Rule 5 status, was traded from Toronto to Colorado for right-hander Chris Malone on Friday.

The Rockies, presumably, will stick Emaus at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Had they wanted him for the major league team, they could have simply claimed him off waivers from the Mets before he was returned to Toronto.

Now that Emaus is no longer on a 40-man roster, he can freely be assigned to the minors. The 25-year-old hit .162/.262/.162 in 37 at-bats for the Mets after winning the team’s second-base job in spring training. He was designated for assignment earlier this week when the team decided to instead go with Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner there.

In return for Emaus, the Jays pick up the 27-year-old Malone, who had allowed two earned runs over 4 1/3 innings as a reliever for Double-A Tulsa this season. He had a 4.10 ERA and a 45/27 K/BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings for Tulsa last year, but he is a strong groundball pitcher and the Jays must see something they think he can do better.

Emaus is further insurance for the Rockies in the infield in case they eventually opt to trade Jose Lopez or even Ian Stewart. He’ll likely play mostly second base for Colorado Springs initially.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Brad Emaus returns to Blue Jays


Toronto Blue Jays
The Mets selected infielder Brad Emaus from the Blue Jays in last December’s Rule 5 Draft and were set on giving him regular looks at second base when the 2011 regular season opened.

Emaus batted just .162 with a .424 OPS across 42 plate appearances, however, and was designated for assignment by New York earlier this week.


According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the 25-year-old Emaus passed through waivers without drawing much attention from other major league clubs and was returned to the Blue Jays on Thursday evening for a $25,000 fee.

Emaus was assigned to Triple-A and will act as organizational infield depth. Quite a change in three weeks.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Blue Bird Banter: "It was a mistake to have left Emaus available to in the draft"


PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Brad Emaus ...
Now that Brad Emaus was quietly named the second basemen for the Mets.

Blue Bird Banter Writer Tom Dakers thinks Brad Emaus was a mistake to be left on table @ the Rule V Draft:
"I still think it was a mistake to have left Emaus available to in the draft. If he could be given a starter's role in the majors, he had some value. We could have gotten something for him if he had no value to us.
I know to add him to the 40-man roster, someone would have had to be moved off it. I can't believe there wasn't someone that wouldn't have been picked in the draft or wouldn't have any value to the Jays. Sean Henn perhaps? Can you imagine anyway he ends up pitching for the Jays?

Sunday, December 05, 2010

No Trade and High Price for Greinke remain obstacles for Jays


According to Fox Sports, The Blue Jays have contacted the Royals about a trade for right-hander Zack Greinke, and the Royals are intrigued by what the Jays might offer, according to major-league sources.

Here’s the problem: The Jays are on Greinke’s no-trade list, meaning that he cannot be sent to Toronto without his permission. That fact alone does not preclude a trade: Players frequently waive no-trade clauses, usually in exchange for some kind of contractual benefit.  Greinke, sources say, has told the Royals that he is willing “to go anywhere.”  Other clubs, however, are skeptical of that stance. “The rule of thumb is that if a player has a team on his no-trade list, it makes it less likely,” one rival general manager says.

Greinke, 27, has 15 teams on his no-trade list. The Rangers, Braves, Reds are among the clubs with possible interest in him that are not on the list, sources say. Those teams would face no such obstacle in trading for the Royals' ace.

The Jays possibly could land Greinke if they were willing to part with right-hander Kyle Drabek, outfielder Travis Snyder and another minor leaguer or two, according to the Toronto Sun.  Such a package would intrigue the Royals, sources say. But the Jays might not be ready to break up their emerging core of young pitchers to take a run at the post-season, even if they could persuade Greinke to join their club.

Greinke is signed for two more years at $13.5 million per season. He will become a free agent in the 2012-13 off-season.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Rumors: Blue Jays are making a push at Zach Greinke


While much of the news surrounding the possible trade of Royals ace Zack Greinke has focused on the Rangers and Yankees -- the Blue Jays are making a push for the right-hander, the Toronto Sun 's Bob Elliott writes .

And the Blue Jays aren't alone, Elliott says the Twins, Rangers, Braves, Reds, Mariners and Nationals have called the Royals about the 27-year old. While not mentioned in the linked article, the Red Sox have also reportedly shown interested in Greinke.

According to Elliott, the Blue Jays think they need "one more big piece" to make a run at the American League East title, and Greinke could be that piece.

Elliott speculates Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider "and some minor leaguers" could be enough to land Greinke. Drabek was the center of the deal that sent Roy Halladay from Toronto to Philadelphia.
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