Found December 17, 2012 on
New York Mets
Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox
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 rebuild mode. Do you rebuild with a 38-year old knuckleballer? The Mets are preparing for 2014 (more accurately 2015) and beyond, and Dickey doesn’t fit in that plan.
2. The said 38-year old knuckleballer wants and deserves a new contract extension with a big raise. The Mets have been trying to shed payroll for a couple years now. Should a rebuilding team trying to shed payroll extend and raise a 38-year old pitcher?
3. If the Mets didn’t do anything with Dickey now then he would be gone after 2013 anyway with nothing in return. Right now his trade value is the highest it will ever be.
4. The Mets hate Josh ...
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...
A Marked Man: Dickey at the Mets Holiday Party.
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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...
It looks as though the New York Mets might be sending pitcher and last year’s National League Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays. It seems that the Mets are looking to have a rebuilding year and are looking to get top value for their ace pitcher especially after winning the Cy Young Award.
In regards to players that would be involved in the deal it looks...
Ben and Sam are joined by Jason Parks for a discussion of the R.A. Dickey deal and the risks and rewards of trading top prospects.
The dominating storyline of R.A. Dickey has been that of a plucky knuckleballer who beats the odds.
Dickey’s rise past childhood abuse through an uneven baseball career to winning last year’s National League Cy Young award has made him a folk hero in New York. But don’t think that means everyone loves Dickey.
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post writes that, while Dickey is loved...
Mets' Pitcher R.A. Dickey officially dealt to Toronto.
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
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Updated at 7:00 PM
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