by John Viril—
With word coming from NY that the Mets are on the verge of trading 2012 N.L. Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, the question rises should the Kansas City Royals dig into their pool of prospects to land yet another starting pitcher?
The answer is a resounding, YES!
The Royals are already pot-committed to winning in 2013. They have already made the decision that their current position player core is talented enough to bring home a division title. Why not go-for-broke and make noise in the playoffs?
That’s exactly what R.A. Dickey would bring to Kansas City.
Some call the recently acquired James Shields an ace. Some say he’s a no. 2. There’s no doubt, however, that the defending N.L. Cy Young winner is a bona fide no. 1 pitcher. Though Dickey will be 37 at the start of the 2013 season, Rany Jazayerli wrote a detailed study about how knuckleball pitchers peak in their late thirties. Plus, Dickey’s lone remaining year of team control comes at a spectacular $5 million value. That...