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Mets Acquire d'Arnaud, Buck, Syndergaard, Becerra from Toronto12/17/2012 6:08 PM ET
By New York Mets Media Relations / Las Vegas 51s
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 17, 2012 - The New York Mets today announced that they acquired catchers Travis d'Arnaud and John Buck, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed pitcher R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.
TRAVIS D'ARNAUD (pronounced "DAR-no")
He was named the Eastern League's Most Valuable Player in 2011 after hitting .311 (132-424) with 72 runs scored, 33 doubles, 21 home runs and 78 RBI with a .371 on-base percentage with New Hampshire (AA). d'Arnaud also led the EL with a .542 slugging percentage and was named the league's best defensive catcher by EL managers.
A former first-round compensation selection by Philadelphia in 2007, d'Arnaud was acquired by the Blue Jays in the trade that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies in December, 2009. The 6-2, 195-pounder has hit .286 (523-1,828) with 133 doubles, 66 home runs, 289 RBI with a .343 on-base percentage and a .474 slugging percentage in six minor league seasons. d'Arnaud has been named to four minor league All-Star teams during that span and twice played in MLB's Futures Game. His older brother Chase is an infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Kemmerer, Wyo. native batted .192 (66-343) with 15 doubles, 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 106 games for the Miami Marlins last year. Buck has hit .235 (737-3,131) with 159 doubles, 118 home runs and 423 RBI during his nine-year career with the Royals, Blue Jays and Marlins.
NOAH SYNDERGAARD (pronounced "Sin-Der-Guard")
The Mansfield, Tex. native ended 2012 as the third-best prospect in the Blue Jays organization according to MLB.com. Syndergaard was Toronto's first round selection (38th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Syndergaard is 13-8 with a 2.35 ERA (46 earned runs/176.0 innings) and 196 strikeouts in 45 games, 35 starts in three minor league seasons.
WUILMER BECERRA (pronounced "Wilmer Ba-Ser-ah")