Showing posts with label R.A. Dickey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label R.A. Dickey. Show all posts

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana, Hefner, Francisco, Cut 3, Wright, Mejia, Collins on Tejada

Mets News and Notes:

Johan Santana did not join teammates for the morning workout before Saturday's game against the Houston Astros.

Sandy Alderson said Terry Collins may address the issue postgame. A team insider said there was no major setback, but thought Santana might be slowed.

Jeremy Hefner starts against the Astros, and it's not a leap to expect he likely will open the season in the rotation, with Santana on the DL.

The Mets had targeted Thursday for Santana's first Grapefruit League action.

Frank Francisco (elbow inflammation) said he now expects to throw off a mound for the first time in spring training on Sunday.

Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck below the right elbow with a pitch Friday, participated in the full morning workout and said he was fine.

The Mets have made their first cuts of spring training, dispatching right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero and catcher Juan Centeno to minor league camp.

Mazzoni, a second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, started the Grapefruit League season quickly with five scoreless innings over his first two appearances. Overall, he finished with a 3.38 ERA in eight innings.

Montero, who split last season in Class A between Savannah and St. Lucie, made two appearances spanning four innings. He had a 4.50 ERA and allowed six hits and no walks with one strikeout.

Centeno was 0-for-1. He appeared in two Grapefruit League games.

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 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,'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 (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  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: 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

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.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dickey Chronicles

Dickey Chronicles:

The Mets recently increased their offer to the two-year, $20MM range on top of Dickey's 2013 salary of $5MM. Previously the team had been offering a total of approximately $16MM for the 2014-15 seasons, but Dickey still seeks $26MM for that two-year period.

Meanwhile, at least a couple of teams have offered an elite prospect for the 38-year-old.

The Red Sox aren't pursuing Dickey for now, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports (on Twitter). They won't pursue Dickey until they know if they can sign Ryan Dempster, a serious target for Boston.

The Mets aren't expecting anything to happen with the Dodgers and Dickey, Martino reports (on Twitter). There doesn't appear to be a fit, as the Mets didn't like Zach Lee and Dee Gordon as a potential return.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dickey disappointed with negotiations, Mets increased offer

Rumor Mill:

Speaking at a Mets holiday event, Dickey suggested he'd likely leave as a free agent after the 2013 season if he and the Mets don't agree to an extension, Adam Rubin of reports (Twitter links). Dickey said he feels he has been more than fair and expressed disappointment with the negotiations.

The sides have "inched toward" progress in the past 24 hours, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. While the Mets haven't ruled out a trade, they've increased their offer to the two-year, $20MM range on top of Dickey's 2013 salary of $5MM. The Mets had previously been offering a total of approximately $16MM for the 2014-15 seasons, but Dickey seeks $26MM for that two-year period, Martino reports. Yesterday Mets people were more optimistic about contract talks with Dickey than about trade talks with the Rangers, according to Martino.

Dickey wants the deal done by opening day to be sure his value doesn't collapse during the season. The Mets are willing to sign a deal that includes an option for 2016...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Rumor Mill: Mets hung up with Texas on Dickey

Dickey Tidbits:

The Mets are looking for top hitting prospects Mike Olt, 25, and Leonys Martin, 24, from the Rangers for R.A. Dickey according to John Harper of the Daily News.

However, the Rangers have not countered that proposal, Ken Davidoff says in a report for the New York Post.

The Mets and Rangers (and Mets and Blue Jays) have only had general discussions about talent; with neither team putting a deal on Sandy Alderson’s desk.

The Rangers are still working to acquire OF Justin Upton from the D-Backs, though they reportedly need a fourth team involved to help deliver Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera to Arizona in the deal.

At the same time, free-agent Anibal Sanchez is still available and an option, as is OF Josh Hamilton.

The point is, Texas has options and will likely work through them before trading their best young talent for a 38-year-old knuckleball pitcher with a one-year deal.

Meanwhile, the Jays prefer Niese, and are asking for additional pitching prospects from the Mets in a deal for their young catcher and outfielders.

Mike Olt's Minor League Stats:
2010 21 TEX-min A- 69 310 263 57 77 16 1 9 43 6 0 40 77 .293
2011 22 TEX-min A+,Rk 73 307 254 41 67 15 0 15 46 0 1 49 75 .264
2012 23 TEX-min AA 95 420 354 65 102 17 1 28 82 4 0 61 101 .288
2012 23 TEX AL 16 40 33 2 5 1 0 0 5 1 1 5 13 .152
1 Yr 16 40 33 2 5 1 0 0 5 1 1 5 13 .152
162 Game Avg. 162 405 334 20 51 10 0 0 51 10 10 51 132 .152
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 12/10/2012.

Leonys Martin's Minor League Stats:
2011 23 TEX-min AAA,AA,Rk 73 343 302 53 89 16 5 4 42 19 11 27 38 .295
2011 23 TEX AL 8 8 8 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .375
2012 24 TEX-min AAA 55 260 231 48 83 18 2 12 42 10 9 24 39 .359
2012 24 TEX AL 24 52 46 6 8 5 2 0 6 3 0 4 12 .174
2 Yrs 32 60 54 8 11 6 2 0 6 3 0 4 13 .204
162 Game Avg. 162 304 273 41 56 30 10 0 30 15 0 20 66 .204
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 12/10/2012.

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

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

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

Rumor Mill: Mets Working on a deal to send Dickey to Rangers?

The New York Mets have proposed a trade to the Texas Rangers that would send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to Arlington in exchange for a "rich package" of prospects, including third baseman Mike Olt, reports Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

Davidoff adds in a separate tweet that the lack of a counteroffer from the Rangers on the Mets’ initial proposal could indicate that Texas is not interested in working out a deal for the Cy Young winner.

Andy Martino of the NY Daily News reports, however, that the Rangers are in fact willing to move Olt in exchange for Dickey, but that the hang-up lies with the other pieces that New York wants for the knuckleballer.

The Mets can also go to the Blue Jays, Dodgers for a trade for Dickey, but I guess the plan might be  to get Olt and trade him for other needs...

The Mets in the past said they wanted the Rangers to get involved as they have a plethora of prospects they want.. 

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Greinke signs, Will that open the door for a Dickey Trade???

The Dodgers and Zack Greinke have agreed to a six-year, $147-million contract, how will this effect the Mets?

The Pitching Market Officially Opens!  The teams that wanted Greinke will chase the next level of available pitchers either by trade (James Shields or R.A. Dickey).. or go the Lohse way out in free agents..

In the next few days there should be a flourish of new Dickey Rumors afloat..

Dickey on the move??
Multiple teams remain interested in trading for R.A. Dickey, though it's possible the Mets will keep him heading into 2013 even if he doesn't agree to an extension.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is reportedly seeking two years and $26MM on top of the $5MM he's owed next season. According to multiple reports the Mets are only offering $10 Million a year, for two..

Do the Mets make the splash on a contract for Dickey??

The Mets and Dickey have "established common ground" on the length and structure of an extension according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

The team has given the knuckleballer the flexibility to choose among several options, though money remains a sticking point.

Which leads me to believe the Mets are ready to play hardball and pull the trigger on the highest bidder for Dickey..

Who is in Dickey Trade Sweepstakes??

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,'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

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

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dodgers Expected to sign Greinke, Deal being delayed by other possible deals

According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are expected to keep on spending this off-season, beginning with Zack Greinke.

The Dodgers, also could add arguably the second-most attractive free-agent pitcher, righty Anibal Sanchez, in a dual investment that could approach $250 million.

At the moment, the Dodgers also are negotiating with another starter, Korean lefty Ryu Hyun-Jin. The deadline to sign him is Sunday. If the Dodgers fail to complete a deal, they will not pay a $25.7 million posting fee to his Korean team.

That would be $25.7 million more for the Dodgers to redirect to free-agent starters, or perhaps an expensive pitcher whom they might acquire in a trade.

The Dodgers, sources say, have talked to the Mets about NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.

As many insiders have said, once the Greinke signing is official the Mets may find themselves in the driver seat for a compatible Dickey trade that will fill their needs...

Rumor Mill: Dickey Rumblings and other news

Rumor Mill:

"I think the Mets are going to sign him," an executive with a club that has tried to trade for Dickey told Jon Paul Morosi.

The Mets talked to the Yankees and Nationals (prior to their Dan Haren signing) this week about Dickey, tweets Andy Martino, but the Yankees don't have the pieces and GM Sandy Alderson wouldn't trade within the division.

Dickey's asking price appears to be two years and $26MM in addition to his $5MM salary for 2013, writes Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Mets officials have told Martino that they're sitting on at least one "acceptable" trade offer, but Martino reports that Alderson would like to keep the knuckleballer.

Although Dickey was at the Winter Meetings, he only went to congratulate David Wright on his new contract, and left without negotiating with the Mets, tweets Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. His situation remains in limbo.

Video: R.A. Dickey talks to ESPN's Buster Olney

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Rumor Mill: Mets working on trade not involving Dickey

Rumor Mill:

The Mets are sitting on a number of potential trades for Dickey, tweets David Lennon of Newsday. He says that if a team caves and adds a necessary piece, a deal could be done quickly.  The Mets are also working on a trade for an outfielder that does not involve Dickey.

Dickey is seeking a two-year deal worth roughly $30MM, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, while the Mets are around two years and $20MM.

The Mets are reluctant to commit to a two-year deal for Scott Hairston, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal adds that the Mets could net a catcher in a trade involving R.A. Dickey or other players. Given the context, I assume he means an outfielder, though the Mets are seeking a backstop as well.

Wright was non-committal when discussing R.A. Dickey, saying that he hopes things work out for the best for the right-hander whatever happens (Twitter link via David Lennon of Newsday).

The Mets would be open to eating a portion of the money remaining on Johan Santana's deal in a trade, but so far the team hasn't received any inquiries, tweets Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

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