Jays' Arencibia goes from trade target to 'The Man'

Oriole Taylor Teagarden (L) is tagged out by Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia in Baltimore,...

Oriole Taylor Teagarden (L) is tagged out by Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia in Baltimore, Maryland, September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Patrick Smith

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:39 PM ET

Two weeks ago, the New York Mets had right-hander R. A. Dickey on the market.

They wanted a catcher and a prospect in return.

Word from inside Nashville’s Opryland Hotel at the 110th winter meetings was that Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia was the man.

Now, if the Jays and Dickey’s agent, Bo McKinnis, work out a contract extension by Tuesday at 2 p.m., Arencibia will be The Man — as in the No. 1 catcher on a Jays team which should contend for post-season for the first time since 1993.

The Mets prefer Travis d’Arnaud, coming off a knee injury with only 67 games experience at triple-A.

The Blue Jays will move their No. 1 prospect for a No. 1 starter as the key components in a seven-player deal, which may also include the rights to the best groundskeeping prospect at class-A Lansing, too.

As the guy says on the TV poker game as the excitement builds: “I’m all in.”


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