Mets Trade Target: J.P. Arencibia

Sandy Alderson was on WFAN a short time ago. He addressed MANY different aspects of the season and what will happen in the offseason. One quote stood out to me more than any other. Mike Francesa asked “Do you expect to make small upgrades in the OF and C or do you plan on making significant changes at those positions?”. Alderson replied “I expect to make SIGNIFICANT changes to both these areas.”

Most fans have been clamoring for the Mets to redo the catching situation for 2013. Shoppach was given a tryout, which didn’t exactly turn out so well. Thole drew rave reviews from Dickey for his work behind the plate, but his offense took a major step backwards.

If the Mets do in fact turn to the trade market to address the catcher position, who could be some names on the market? One name that stands out to me the most is J.P. Arencibia. Arencibia was the starting catcher for the Blue Jays this past season.

Arencibia would be a perfect fit for the Mets. He is right-handed, plays C, has power and is young (27 years old on Opening Day 2013). He is also under team control through 2016.

Why would the Blue Jays want to move Arencibia? They have the top catching prospect in Major League Baseball in Travis D’Arnaud.

D’Arnaud is considered major league ready, despite his injury woes in 2012. The Jays recently added D’Arnaud to the 40-man roster as well.

What would they be looking for in return?

That’s a really good question. I’m sure they would be interested in young pitching like every other MLB team. Dillon Gee could be a possible piece. Another name that could interest the Jays is Lucas Duda. Adam Lind didn’t exactly light the world on fire for them at first base in 2012. Duda could step in a become their 1B in 2013 in a possible Arencibia deal.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section. Always like to hear from fellow fans on these possible scenarios.