R.A. Dickey trade rumors: All the very latest

Jeff Curry

The Mets have been seeking two top prospects in exchange for their ace, R.A. Dickey. After weeks of rumors, the Blue Jays could meet that demand today, sending the Mets the best catching prospect in baseball in Travis D'Arnaud.

UPDATE 12:47PM 12/15: The deal to trade R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays now centers around the Jays sending back highly-touted prospect Travis d'Arnaud, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman says that Toronto is willing to send d'Arnaud (but not Gose as mentioned in previous iterations of this rumor -- see below) but they want at least one prospect back from the Mets along with Dickey to seal the deal. And right now the two sides are trying to figure out exactly who that prospect is:

We're also seeing reports that a previous Gose/Arencibia return for Dickey was rejected.

UPDATE 12/15: At least somebody is remaining calm:

UPDATE 12/15: Well maybe Gose is still in this thing, according to Andy Martino:

We'll be on top of it -- just keep refreshing this page.

UPDATE 12/15: Centerfielder Anthony Gose is not a part of the package that the Mets are considering for R.A. reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Gose had been connected in rumors for the past few days, but now the package appears to be centered around baseball’s top catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud.

Now that the Blue Jays have put Travis D’Arnaud on the table as part of a potential R.A. Dickey deal the Blue Jays may be looking for a top Mets prospect in addition, according to Richard Griffen of the Toronto Star.

ORIGINAL: The rumors of an R.A. Dickey trade between the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays are still streaming in. The latest one has Toronto sending catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud to the Mets along with centerfield prospect Anthony Gose in return for the knuckleball pitcher, with the deal being contingent on Dickey signing an extension with the Blue Jays (via Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports).

The inclusion of D’Arnaud, possibly the best catching prospect in the minors, is a significant development in these talks. The Mets have been seeking catchers while shopping Dickey and it was believed that J.P. Arencibia was on the table, but not D’Arnaud.

The 23 year old catcher originally came to the Blue Jays in the trade that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies. Going into the 2012 season, he was ranked the 17th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, making him the highest ranking catcher on the list. He hit .333/.380/.595 in the offensively-charged Pacific Coast League (AAA) in 303 plate appearances last season. His bat is expected to be well above average for a catcher and he has the potential to be a good defender behind the plate with an excellent arm.

Gose was ranked the 39th best prospect in the game by Baseball America prior to the 2012 season. He projects to be an excellent defensive centerfielder with good speed on the bases and his bat has shown improvement at the upper minor league levels the past two seasons. He played in 56 games for the Blue Jays last season and hit .223/.303/.319 while stealing 15 bases in 18 attempts.

This package is consistent with the rumors that the Mets have been seeking two top prospects for the 2012 Cy Young Award winner. According to Passan, the Blue Jays would need Dickey to sign an extension with them in order to make this deal work, however. Dickey had been discussing a two year extension with New York when differences lead the Mets to the trade market. There is no word yet on what length deal the Blue Jays would pursue.

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