Trade Review: Mets and Blue Jays

At some point, I’m sure I’ll visit the trade that took place between these two teams when the Mets received Marcus Stroman, but for now, let’s talk about how the Mets got Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard for Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey.

This trade should’ve been the type of deal that would’ve been beneficial for both teams involved, while the Blue Jays gave up a ton, they received the reigning Cy Young award winner in Dickey. The Mets also sent over Dickey’s personal catcher, Josh Thole, as well as minor league catcher Mike Nickeas.

Dickey had a decent four years with Toronto, however I’m sure the front office was expecting more from the right handed knuckleballer. He would end up posting an ERA of 4.05, more than a full run higher than his 2.95 ERA in three seasons with the Mets. His 49-52 record with the Jay’s was from spectacular, as well. However, throughout his career, he did end up earning 120 wins while accumulating a WAR of 23.7 in 15 Major League seasons.

In return, the Mets received Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck, and minor league prospect Wuilmer Becerra.

With d’Arnaud still being a prospect at the time, John Buck was a short term fill-in with a ton of experience behind the dish. Buck would spend part of one season with the Mets, hitting .215/.285/.367/.652 in 101 games in 2013 before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Marlon Byrd for second baseman Dilson Herrera and reliever Vic Black.

Obviously d’Arnaud would end up spending a substantial amount of time in Flushing, about seven years. The catcher played in 407 games hitting .242/.303/.401/.704 with 65 doubles, 47 home runs and 164 RBI’s throughout 1494 at-bats. However on May 3rd of this year, Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets brass would decide to release the California native.

Also read: Letting Travis d’Arnaud go will sting for some time

While he did show signs and flashes of fans would’ve wanted to see on a more consistent basis, d’Arnaud just wasn’t able to put it together with the Mets. However, the hardworking catcher has since flourished with the Atlanta Braves and could make a pretty penny after the 2021 season if he continues to rake.

Becerra was just 18 years old when he was acquired and was a pretty decent prospect in his own respect. While he hasn’t been in the Mets organization since 2018, when he was playing with the Columbia Fireflies, the team’s high A affiliate. In seven minor league seasons, Becerra slashed .279/.339/.375/.713 with 88 doubles, 22 home runs and 214 RBI’s in 1962 career MiLB at-bats.

Unfortunately, the young outfielder just never made it past Single A and put it together. He last played in the Winter League (VEWL) during the 2019-2020 season.

The last player left to talk or think about would be Noah Syndergaard. The tall right hander has also shown flashes of great baseball, like d’Arnaud, however just hasn’t really been able to put it together. He seems to rely more on his overpowering fastball as opposed possibly finessing the corners of the zone more.

Also read: Mets need Noah Syndergaard to contribute big upon return

While the Texas born right hander is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery, the good news is that he does have some time to get his shit together. It’s not like he’s far off, he owns a career ERA of 3.31 and a 47-30 record in 716 innings and 118 games pitched.

So with all these moving parts, good players and great prospects, including guys like Dilson Herrera and Vic Black who were involved in a separate trade, only Syndergaard and d’ Arnaud have clicked. John Buck had an already established career and along with Dickey, were at the tail-ends of it.

So in hindsight, I do believe the trade worked more so in the Mets favor as opposed to the Blue Jays. But this goes to show that even some blockbuster trades can potentially be a bust and impact an organization for half a decade.

Photo: Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Letting Travis d’Arnaud go will sting for some time

By Angelina Heather Rizzo

The New York Mets waited 5 years, five long years, for Travis d’Arnaud to blossom into the everyday starting catcher they needed. Little did they know it wasn’t long until he could be just what they needed, and on another team at that.

For the Mets, he was often hurt and missing time due to injuries. It was said that between d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, the other Mets platoon catcher, that d’Arnaud was better offensively, and Plawecki was better defensively.

Also read: Michael Conforto 2021 projections

Now, for the Atlanta Braves, d’Arnaud has found a permanent stride where he is thriving every day.

Now he’s batting .321 with 9 home runs and 34 batted in on the year, and he’s in the postseason.

Let that sink in Mets fans.

In the grand scheme of things, the Mets are known to be impatient, trade away and release players, then they become stars on another team. This is just another example. If this doesn’t sting just when they need a catcher, I’m not too sure what will.

Also read: Pro’s for keeping Todd

Travis d’Arnaud has been officially released

The Former Mets catcher was designated for assignment and has now been officially released after the 10 day waiting period. TdA was having a truly abysmal season but will likely catch on with another team via a Minor League deal.

d’Arnaud was the centerpiece prospect the Mets have received after trading R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, a trade that of course also included Noah Syndergaard as a “throw in”.

Wednesday afternoon’s lineup vs Phillies

Zack Wheeler will try and help us to forget last nights debacle of show as he takes the mound against Jake Arrieta of the Phillies in a Wednesday afternoon matinee. So far this season, Wheeler is 1-1 with a 7.47 ERA while Arrieta is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

  1. Jeff McNeil LF
  2. Pete Alonso 1B
  3. Robinson Canó 2B
  4. Michael Conforto RF
  5. J.D. Davis 3B
  6. Amed Rosario SS
  7. Travis d’Arnaud C
  8. Keon Broxton CF

Saturday’s lineup vs Braves

The Mets will send veteran lefty Jason Vargas to the mound to head on the Braves and Sean Newcomb, a lefty of their own. Mets starter Jason Vargas is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA while Newcomb is 0-0 with a 1.64 ERA. This is the third game of a four game set.

  1. McNeil 2B
  2. Alonso 1B
  3. Conforto RF
  4. J.D. Davis 3B
  5. d’Arnaud C
  6. Broxton LF
  7. Rosario SS
  8. Lagares CF
  9. Vargas LHP

Tuesday’s Mets lineup vs Twins

  1. Brandon Nimmo CF
  2. Pete Alonso 1B
  3. Robinson Canó 2B
  4. Michael Conforto RF
  5. J.D. Davis 3B
  6. Jeff McNeil LF
  7. Amed Rosario SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud C
  9. Jacob deGrom SP

deGrom will be chasing history as usual in just his third start of the young season. He’s pitched 26 straight scoreless innings as well as 26 straight quality starts. The game begins at 7:10 EST.

TdA is a perfect fit for the Royals and the Mets should pull the trigger

I should start this out by giving a shot out to Maria Teresa for bringing the news about Sal Perez’ injury to my attention as well as conceiving the notion to this potential move. Now, there hasn’t been any rumors that link these two teams together however, it makes a tremendous amount of sense.

With Sal Perez going down for a substantial amount of time, the Royals should implore the idea of trying to acquire the Mets backstop. d’Arnaud was actually the centerpiece of the trade between the BlueJays and the Mets, when the Mets traded away R.A. Dickey (who had just won the N.L. Cy Young) and Josh Thole for John Buck, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard and Wilmer Beccera.

The former first round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies doesn’t make a ton of money in comparison to his peers and although many would disagree with me on this, d’Arnaud still does have some upside.

I don’t expect him to throw out any burners on the path however he does work well with pitchers and was highly recognized as one of the best framers behind the plate, I believe that should count for something. Let’s not forget his ability to hit, while he hasn’t consistently blown anyone way, you can clearly see that the pop is there and can hit over .250, I just wouldn’t expect a heavy OBP from the right hander.

I don’t expect much in return from the Royals, but in this instance, I would pull the trigger just to see him flourish in another scene.

The MetsJunkies Roundtable: Spring is in the air… almost.

While I shovel snow in Las friggin Vegas, let’s dream of Spring… wait, snow in Las Vegas? You heard correctly, but let’s get into this weeks Roundtable as we prepare for Friday afternoon’s first pitch!

Which player has the most to lose during this spring?

Corné: Lagares. With the addition of Keon Broxton, who has the same kind of defensive skills and more pop, Lags is kind of the odd man out. Health has been the main issue for Lags, because when healthy his defense alone is so good, that he is a plausible CF to have. But again same can be said for Broxton. Lagares does have more contact skills than Broxton, but in my opinion Broxton does have more upside.

Gem: Todd Frazier. He’s had a long and good career, no doubt about it. However, him playing in New York was a bit of a homecoming with him being from Jersey and it looks like he’s at the end of the rope. With the acquisitions of Cano, Lowrie, and even Davis, I’m sure the Mets would eat a portion of his contract if they find a taker.

Andrew: I’ll say Travis d’Arnaud. I believe this is a big spring for Travis now that the organization brought back Devin Mesoraco. Much has been made about the connection between deGrom and Mesoraco which now makes the backup catching position an intriguing thing to watch this spring.

Angelo: Dominic Smith.. He really needs an over the top spring in my mind. Has too much negative baggage from last season.. Even the slightest hiccup can end his career as a Met.

David: Paul Sewald. I think people have gotten tired of him. With all the new bullpen arms, he might go. In addition, he isn’t a lefty.

Who will you keep your eye on the most this spring and why?

Corné: Tough choice as there are a lot of players to watch during every spring. I’m very curious about Kyle Dowdy. The Mets seem to be pretty high about the upside Dowdy has as a reliever. And with him being a rule 5 pick he has an edge to make the roster.

Gem: J.D. Davis. I think he’ll be a long shot to make the roster but his versatility and power will be intriguing. I have a feeling he’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder and that edge should be fun to watch.

Andrew: Kyle Dowdy. He was the organization’s Rule 5 pick and both Mickey and Brodie have been raving about how he has good stuff. Mickey said during his press conference that they like to see as much of him as possible so I’ll be keeping an eye on him.

Angelo: Matz…. If he can rid the demons in his head and just pitch, he is very capable of CY Young award.

David: Chris Flexen. He slimmed down tremendously over the offseason. He could be a real sleeper.

Who will be the first promotion from the minors to the majors during the regular season?

Gem: Maybe Pete Alonso, maybe another infielder before Alonso comes up. This is a toughie.

Andrew: If Peter Alonso doesn’t make the team out of camp I’ll go with him. If he does I’ll say T.J. Rivera.

Angelo: Peter Alonso, the Mets will need his bat if he tears it up in AAA

Corné: Mostly I’m going with a reliever, but this time it’s Peter Alonso. He will be up after 2 weeks to secure another year of service time. In my opinion a smart move with the Mets having Frazier, TJ Rivera and JD Davis who can fill the void at first.

David: Peter Alonso. The Mets will wait until they can get the extra year of eligibility out of him. If not, they are not thinking strategically.

Danny Espinosa or Adeiny Hechevaria?

Gem: Normally, I’d go with Espinosa. I genuinely like the acquisition but defense is more important than ever so I’ll sway towards Hechavarria

Andrew: Hechavarria over Espinosa for me. I think there’s a good chance Hechavarria could make the team out of camp. Gives the Mets a backup shortstop on the 25 man roster, and can avoid using Lowrie at the position which he hasn’t played much of the past few seasons.

Angelo: Danny Espinosa or Adeiny Hechevaria? Espinosa, he was very productive on the Nats

Corné: Hechevaria is so extremely good at short, but Espinosa has more of a bat (although he hasn’t showed that in recent years). For the reason Espinosa has struggled migthly with his main plus over Hechevaria, I pick Hechevaria and his great defense over Espinosa. Still a battle to keep an eye on this spring.

David: I’m not a huge fan of either. I give a nod to Hechavarria since he is the better shortstop.

Lets fill out your 25 man roster for opening day?

Corné:

Pitchers:

Jacob deGrom

Noah Syndergaard

Zack Wheeler

Steven Matz

Jason Vargas

Edwin Diaz

Jeurys Familia

Justin Wilson

Seth Lugo

Robert Gsellman

Luis Avilan

Kyle Dowdy

Position Players:

Brandon Nimmo

Jedd Lowrie

Robinson Cano

Michael Conforto

Wilson Ramos

Jeff McNeil

Todd Frazier

Amed Rosario

Travis d’Arnaud

Keon Broxton

Juan Lagares

JD Davis

Adeiny Hechevaria

Gem:

Rotation:

1. deGrom

2. Syndergaard

3. Wheeler

4. Matz

5. Vargas

Bullpen:

6. Lugo

7. Gsellman

8. Avilan

9. Wilson

10. Diaz

11. Familia

Lineup

12. Nimmo

13. Lowrie

14. Cano

15. Ramos

16. Conforto

17. Frazier

18. McNeil

19. Rosario

Bench

20. Hechavarria

21. Lagares

22. TdA

23. Broxton

24. J.D. Davis

25. T.J. Rivera

Andrew:

Pitchers:

deGrom

Syndergaard

Wheeler

Matz

Vargas

Diaz

Familia

Lugo

Gsellman

Wilson

Dowdy

Smith

Avilan

Position players:

Ramos

d’Arnaud

Cano

Frazier

Rosario

Lowrie

Davis

Nimmo

Conforto

Broxton

Lagares

McNeil

Angelo:

Pitchers;

SP: deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz, Wheeler, Vargas(regrettably)

RP: Diaz, Familia, Lugo, Gsellman, Wilson, Sewald, Oswalt

Position players:

C: Ramos, Mesoraco

1B: J.D. Davis, Lowrie

2B: Cano, McNeil

SS: Rosario

3B: Frazier, Rivera

OF: Conforto, Nimmo, Broxton, Lagares.

David:

Here is my roster

Starters

1. Jacob deGrom

2. Zack Wheeler

3. Noah Syndergaard

4. Steven Matz

5. Jason Vargas

Bullpen

6. Edwin Diaz

7. Jeurys Familia

8. Seth Lugo

9. Justin Wilson

10. Robert Gsellman

11. Chris Flexen

12. Luis Avilan

Catchers

13. Wilson Ramos

14. Travis d’Arnaud

Infield

15. Robinson Cano

16. Todd Frazier

17. Jed Lowrie

18. T.J. Rivera

19. Jeff McNeil

20. J.D. Davis

21. Amed Rosario

Outfield

22. Juan Lagares

23. Brandon Nimmo

24. Michael Conforto

25. Keon Broxton

S/O to Corné Hogeveen for supplying the questions of our Roundtable