Mets, Jays talk catchers, Arencibia will cost prospects (not Niese or Dickey)

Travis D'Arnoud polaroidAccording to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets and Blue Jays talked during the Winter Meetings about various deals.

According to Martino, the Mets and Jays met both yesterday and on Monday, and while rival executives believe the Mets like Travis D’Arnaud, the Blue Jays appear more inclined to move J.P. Arencibia.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said last weekend the Blue Jays are most likely to trade Arencibia, and the Mets and Jays have discussed a deal for Arencibia around Jon Niese.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The way I understand, contrary to Rosenthal’s report, any deal for Arencibia would be for Mets pitching prospects, not necessarily Niese or R.A. Dickey… though I suppose if they wanted it could all come together in a larger deal sending a better bat to the Mets as well << click to tweet this.

The Mets and Jays talked a lot last season, so much so that people close to the team often mentioned Jon Niese and d’Arnaud in the same potential deal. No trade ever materalized. But with Ricciardi’s knowledge of Toronto’s farm system, it stands to reason these teams would be talking again.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Arencibia isn’t eligible for arbitration until next winter, meaning he is under control for at least four seasons. I worry about his ability to hit outside of the American League East and in a more pitcher-friendly division like the National League East. But given the low-cost commitment it’s a small gamble to take, assuming the price is right in trade.