The New York Mets are rumored to be close to completing a trade that would send R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays for one or more prospects.

While money may have played a role in moving things to this stage, a look at Baseball America’s newly-released ranking of the top 10 prospects in the Mets’ farm system is more telling.

Brandon Nimmo gets interviewed before a Brooklyn Cyclones game in 2012 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Brandon Nimmo, seen here being interviewed before a Brooklyn Cyclones game in 2012, is the number three prospect in the Mets farm system according to Baseball America. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

To no one’s surprise, pitcher Zack Wheeler is at the top of the list. The rest of the list includes just three other players who’ve advanced to the Double-A level or above: infielder Wilmer Flores and pitchers Jeurys Familia and Cory Mazzoni.

Seven of the ten players are right-handed pitchers, with Flores, shortstop Gavin Cecchini and outfielder Brandon Nimmo the only position players ranked. Both Nimmo and Cecchini are still teenagers and neither has advanced above short-season ball yet.

As for Flores, Baseball America writes:

A lack of blue-chip position prospects clouds New York’s future lineup possibilities, however. Its best upper-level hitter is infielder Wilmer Flores, but he may not have enough power or defensive chops to profile as a long-term starter at any position.

It’s not pleasant to think about trading away a popular Cy Young Award-winning pitcher. But the holes in the Mets’ major league lineup and the lack of position player prospects in the minors make unpleasant decisions like this necessary.

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

2 responses

  1. I like R.A. and I’ll be sad to see him go, but the way things are shaking out, a trade would seem to be the best course of action. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this trade, whatever it ends up being, will be the 21st century version of the “Jeff Bagwell for Larry Andersen” trade.

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  2. MJ says:

    I swear, Paul, you’re on a campaign to get rid of R.A. Dickey. On this subject, you’re like the 2012 version of the aptly named Dick Young when he was on a campaign to dump Seaver. Isn’t anyone curious why Travis D’Arnaud, who the Jays got for Hallyday, can now be had for R.A.? The Jays will at least be able to say they got another Cy Young winner (ultimately) for their Cy Young winner. And we’ll have yet another catcher who can’t catch and whose stats were artificially inflated by playing in the PCL. Sure the farm system is barren at the top. Because Omar never cared about the farm system and drafted poorly. Alderson has drafted well. His picks will be ready to contribute at the major league level long before R.A. loses his effectiveness. Monetarily, don’t let anyone fool you; the Mets clear more profit in a year than a dozen R.A. Dickey’s would make in a lifetime. I’d rather see you rail against the Met owners for being cheap SOBs than arguing that R.A. Dickey isn’t worth Joe Blanton money or even that nobody is worth Joe Blanton money. That was part of Young’s game, too, back when salaries were in the hundreds of thousands. Compare the salary demands with what other ace pitchers are getting (and what major market ball clubs are making and paying), not against how much the Mets say they are willing to pay or against what people outside of sports are making. I guess the Mets are going to do what they are going to do, but, me, I’d sign Dickey for something close to what he’s asking and be happy to have him rather than trading a Cy Young winner for a guy who two organizations have dumped in three years and who’ll be lucky to bat as well at Citi Field as Jason Bay.

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