Mets catch a rising star in d'Arnaud

Alderson on centerpiece of Dickey deal: 'We think he can be a difference-maker'

Updated: December 19, 2012, 2:02 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson insisted he needed "difference-makers" in return for NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey.

Judging by praise from executives around baseball for catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud, Alderson was wildly successful.

The Mets and Toronto Blue Jays announced the swap of Dickey as well as catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas for catcher John Buck and prospects Noah Syndergaard, Wuilmer Becerra and d'Arnaud on Monday.

"We viewed d'Arnaud, ...

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