Maybe it seems like a decade ago. Maybe it seems like yesterday. The Mets traded away the reigning Cy Young award winner in R.A. Dickey for a haul of prospects, and so the legend of that trade begins.
Perhaps we can speculate what went on behind the scenes here. The Blue Jays were contending in a tough division, and ownership was shelling out all kinds of bucks to acquire talent (no need to mention their shortstop). And, from what I understand, I believe the Jays actually had up to 3 total catching prospects in the upper minors all at the same time. Combine that with the recent injury bug that was riddling young Travis at the time, and perhaps this trade was even more about Noah Syndergaard then it was about the number one rated minor league prospect in the game. (shhhh don't look now but the teenage throw in added to the deal is hitting a little in full season low A ball as we speak).
Of course, its the Mets, and the Mets seem to be Mets at times (just ask Metstwitter) so it almost seemed inevitable that a some freak injury would occur, and it did for Travis very early on in his Mets minor league career. However, while the fan base went a little nutty, it appears that Travis ultimately continued his journey successfully. Well, right up until the Mets officially handed him the job, and he went ahead and looked awful at the plate to start his rookie campaign. But the franchise never lost confidence in the young (but getting older) talent that they had. He was sent briefly back to the minors, worked on his game, use whatever cliché you wish, and he has come back strong. Which brings us to 2015. Is this the real Travis d'Arnaud? Is he,
"who we thought he was"?