“You can’t be the Toronto BJs without a Dickey”.
The rumors became official on Monday as the Mets officially sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto in a seven-player deal. As a Yankee fan, I’m thinking to myself great, now we get to deal with this guy on a regular basis. The Jays also got catcher Josh Thole and minor league catcher Mike Nickeas. Blue Jays prospects Travis d’Arnaud, and Noah Syndergaard, along with veteran catcher John Buck and minor leaguer Wuilmer Becerra went to New York.
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos first initiated talks with the Mets in November at the General Manager’s meetings. It was unclear at that time what the Mets had in mind for Dickey at that point, whether they would lock him down to a long-term contract or attempt to rebuild with a trade. It was difficult for the Blue Jays to let their top prospect in d’Arnaud go, however they were enticed by the opportunity to have a pitcher the caliber of Dickey at the top of their rotation.
Talks subsided for a bit, and by the time the Winter Meetings rolled around it appeared there may not be a deal there at all. Anthopoulos approached Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson and asked what it would take to make it happen. That’s when the Mets looked to add Syndergaard to the mix, and both sides officially agreed to the deal on Thursday afternoon. Many reports out of New York indicated that Dickey was seeking a 2-year, $25 million extension.
The Blue Jays have added Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle to a rotation with returners Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero. They suddenly have one of the best rotations in baseball, at least when you see it on paper.
R.A. Dickey was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and compiled 230 strikeouts in 233.2 innings and had a WHIP of 1.05.