R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas for Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, Wuilmer Becerra, and John Buck

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Date: December 17, 2012
Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Sent: R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas
Received: Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, Wuilmer Becerra, and John Buck.

A month after becoming the third Met to win the Cy Young Award, the Mets traded him to the Blue Jays for three prospects. The Mets also sent along the knuckleballer's cathers, and accepted the $6 million 1 year contract of catcher John Buck.

The Mets had exercised Dickey's $5 million option for 2013, but Dickey wanted a 2-year extension for $26 million, while the Mets offer stalled around $20. The sides likely could have bridged the gap, but the Mets liked the Blue Jays' offer.

The key to the deal for the Mets was Travis d'Arnaud, the Blue Jays' top prospect, a 23-year-old catcher expected to reach the big leagues in 2013.

Noah Syndergaard, a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher, was listed as the Jays' third best prospect.

Wuilmer Becerra is an 18-year-old outfielder who recently signed for a $1.3 million signing bonus.

John Buck had been a very productive catcher, but was coming off two bad seasons, and was overpaid for his current level of production. The Jays wanted to dump his contract, and they wanted to trade their veteran for the two young catchers who were replacing d'Arnaud. Also a factor was the Jays' desire to have catchers with experience catching Dickey's knuckleball.

For the Jays, the deal was the culmination of a very active winter that also included the acquisition of Jose Reyes. The Jays think the recent struggles by the Yankees and Red Sox give them a rare window in a very tough division.

For the Mets, it's part of a rebuilding effort. Also, the Mets' organizational strength is young pitchers, and they've been trying to acquire a catcher and some outfielders.