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Toronto Blue Jays
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It was not so long ago when the Mets had an impressive major league roster but their list of minor league prospects left a lot to be desired. Now, in late 2012 after the trade of R.A. Dickey, the model has been flipped on its head. Despite having two of last year’s top five prospects from my list (Matt Harvey (#1) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (#5)) graduate to the majors, this group is leaps and bounds better than last year’s model.
Before we get to this year’s list, let’s take a second to talk about prospect lists in general and last year’s list in particular. Ranking prospects is tricky and few lists look perfect in hindsight. The biggest issue is how to account for floor versus ceiling. A guy like Vicente Lupo may have a tremendous ceiling but he’s so far away, there’s no way to accurately judge where his floor may be, even taking injuries out of the equation.
A guy who has succeeded in the high minors has to be given extra credit. But it’s silly to pretend that all of the best prospects...
BEST OF MAXIM
With the last hurdle of the R.A. Dickey to Toronto deal approaching, the trade is as good as done. In this deal, the Mets will be giving up Dickey, Josh Thole and an unannounced prospect who isn’t believed to be a top-ranked player. The Mets will be receiving MLB catcher John Buck, catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard and a player to be named later...
The trade of RA Dickey from the Mets to the Blue Jays is complete after Dickey agreed to a two-year, $25 million extension with Toronto. The Blue Jays received a 72 hour exclusivity window to negotiate an extension with Dickey on Saturday, and the two quickly came to terms for the same extension that Dickey had wanted from the Mets. Dickey's new contract won't take effect...
The Mets got involved in contract extension negotiations with R.A. Dickey, and Dickey’s requested price seemed to be reasonable, but for whatever reason, the Mets didn’t want to pay it. Possibly because they don’t trust Dickey in the longer term, possibly because they don’t think they’re ready to win, possibly because of a blend of those reasons, or for neither of those...
The Man, The Myth, The Legend- Mets’ future franchise backstop Travis d’Arnaud.
While it is sad knowing that RA Dickey is no longer a New York Met, I have to admit I am very excited about the players the Mets have acquired for him. Noah Syndergaard is quite a pitching prospect and Wulimer Becerra has potential, but in this post I will focus on the four catchers that were exchanged...
Mets' Pitcher R.A. Dickey officially dealt to Toronto.
Trading your ace right after he won 20 games and the Cy Young award is never a popular move. But for the Mets, this was a great trade. Below are 5 reasons why, as well as why this was good for the Jays and Dickey himself.
1. First off, the Mets are rebuilding. They are not contending in 2013, with Dickey or without him. With him, best case scenario they win 83 games. They are in...
I’m sure this not exactly how one of the newest Mets wanted to begin his foray into the New York market.
Noah Syndergaard, the pitching prospect included in the R.A. Dickey deal, was caught using an anti-gay slur on Twitter. The offending tweet was then deleted, but not before it made the rounds and infuriated many.
Andy Martino of the Daily News caught it and reports:
Update by Dan Valis ar 12:05 PM
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported that the Toronto Blue Jays and R.A. Dickey have agreed on a two-year extension worth $25 million, pending a physical. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that Dickey has already landed in Florida to undergo his physical which will take place at their spring training facility.
Updated by Hojo at 11:20 AM
This is not a good way to greet a new team. Thanks to the attention from being included in the Blue Jays - Mets trade for pitcher R.A. Dickey, Noah Syndergaard, his Twitter account has gotten much more attention. One tweet, posted December 9, is one that would have many...
As you probably know, there are multiple ways to calculate WAR, with our version (sometimes referred to as fWAR) and Baseball-Reference’s version (or rWAR/bWAR, depending on who is citing it) being the two most popular. And, as you probably also know, they can be quite different when it comes to evaluating pitchers. Two years ago, I wrote a couple of posts (Part One, Part Two...
Last links of the day ever? If that’s the case, then this was the last radio show ever.
Of course, we’re all but certain to have seen the last NHL game ever, Mayan Apocalypse or not.
Japanese shortstops: not entirely reliable.
RA Dickey is 38.
After the Blue Jays acquired R.A. Dickey earlier this week, I polled 20 baseball scouts and executives for their American League East predictions. The timing was right. The Dickey trade could be the division's last huge move this offseason.
Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels sent designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for left-hander Jason Vargas. Undoubtedly...
Updated at 7:00 PM
As I expected, right-hander Noah Syndergaard apologized today for the anti-gay slur he made on Twitter. During a conference call with New York media, he said:
“I had a little mishap on Twitter about a month ago, and it was just brought to the attention this morning,” he said. “I’d just like to apologize for anything that was said. A buddy and I were having...