Source: d'Arnaud definitely in Dickey deal

d'Arnaud profile

Year-by-year statistics for Jays catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud.

Highly regarded catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is headed to the New York Mets in the swap for R.A. Dickey, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com.

“The catcher will have to be in the deal if it is to get done,” the source said.

A scout who has watched d'Arnaud said: "A chance to be an offensive catcher with .275 BA, 20-25 homers. Works with pitchers well and calls a good game. Still needs work blocking balls to his right. Future good No. 6 hitter with potential leadership."

d'Arnaud was limited to 67 games and had his 2012 season end June 25 at Triple-A Las Vegas because of a knee injury suffered sliding into second base, when an infielder landed on him. He suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in the left knee. He had been selected to participate in the Futures Game, but was unable to play due to the injury.

Here's his bio from the Blue Jays' media guide heading into the 2012 season:

PERSONAL: Travis E. d’Arnaud... Single... Attended Lakewood High School in California... Was a three-time All-American atLakewood High School from 2005-2007... Was signed and scouted by Tim Kissner when with the Phillies.

LAST SEASON: Spent all of 2011 with New Hampshire of the Eastern League (AA).

SERVING NOTICE: Collected several honours over the course of the season, most notably winning an Eastern League MVP award for his proficiency offensively and defensively... Was named to both the Mid-Season and Post-Season Eastern Leaague All-Star teams, while also earning the R. Howard Webster Award as the Fisher Cats MVP.

VERY DEFENSIVE: Was voted as the best defensive catcher by Eastern League Managers in Baseball America’s “Best Tools” edition... Threw out 27% of potential base stealers.

MR. CLUTCH: Was most successful with runners in scoring position, batting .349 with eight home runs and 65 RBI... With the bases loaded batted .462 (6-11) with two grand slams and 15 RBI... When in the lineup as a catcher batted .320, while hitting .259 serving as the DH... Batted over .300 vs. both righties (.302) and lefties (.336).

MINOR SETBACK: Sufferred a torn thumb ligament on his left thumb while playing for Team USA in the IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama and underwent surgery in mid-October.

ON THE LIST: Ranked as the #2 prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America... Was ranked as the 25th overall prospect by Major League Baseball heading into 2012.


• Selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (supplemental - 37th overall) in the 2007 First Year Player Draft

• Traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with RHP Kyle Drabek and OF Michael Taylor in exchange for RHP Roy Halladay and cash considerations on December 16, 2009