Monday, December 17, 2012

Thanks R.A. Dickey - It Was Short but Sweet

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of reading R.A, Dickey's biography:

Dickey, R A, and Wayne R. Coffey. Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball. New York: Blue Rider Press, 2012.

He was very candid about his sexual abuse and how his baseball career struggled as he went from team to team at the major and minor league levels.  His 20-6 season as he won the Cy Young award was one of the few highlights of the 2012 Mets whose record was a terrible 74-88.  His trade to the Toronto Blue Jays was finalized today.

The Mets get:

  • 23-year-old Travis d’Arnaud considered an excellent catching prospect
  • Noah Syndergaard - a pitching prospect
  • John Buck - a veteran catcher
  • Wilmer Becarra - minor league outfielder
The Blue Jays get:
  • R.A. Dickey - age 37
  • Josh Thole
  • Mike Nickeas
Any trade is a risk.  Since Dickey is a knuckleballer he doesn't have to throw very hard.  It is hard to predict how long he can pitch.  Perhaps last season was a fluke or maybe he can pitch effectively for several more years.  Will the 4 young players become superstars or busts?

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News states that this trade could be Sandy Alderson's Gary Carter trade.  Back in the 1980s Frank Cashen gave up popular Hubie Brooks to get Gary Carter who was a superstar for the Mets in the 1986 World Series.

Only time will tell how this trade will work out.  I will certainly miss R.A. Dickey.

1 comment:

Steven said...

Thanks for R.A. but you're going to like those two prospects, D'Arnaud and Syndegaard. They ared both very good. Hope we are both winners of this trade.

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