Grading The Deal: Mets, Blue Jays Reach Deal For R.A. Dickey

  • After weeks of speculation, the Mets finally did the best thing and dealt R.A. Dickey, sending him on the Blue Jays inside a seven-player deal. New York sent Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to Toronto so they could earn John Buck and prospects Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard and Wuilmer Becerra.

    The trade reached completion if your Blue Jays and Dickey agreed into a contract extension. The knuckleballer was set to produce $5 million in 2013 and Toronto added 24 months and $25 million to his pact. All told, he'll earn $30 million MLB The Show 18 Stubs over another three seasons. The Blue Jays hold a $12 million option on Dickey to the 2016 season containing a $1 million buyout.

    There are three parties to grade on this deal, with Dickey joining both the clubs while he held considerable power.

    Beginning with all the Blue Jays, the rationale is pretty obvious. After completing a megadeal with all the Marlins recently -- which netted them Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson -- Alex Anthopoulos desires to win now. There is clear weakness inside American League East with Baltimore failing to produce improvements from a surprising 2012 campaign, Tampa Bay dealing James Shields to restock to the future, Boston failing to sign a superstar despite clearing payroll last August and New York pinching pennies with the first time with what seems like forever.  

    d'Arnaud is known as one in the top prospects in baseball -- he entered 2012 as Baseball America's No. 17 prospect -- nevertheless the Blue Jays opted to work with him to fortify their starting rotation straight away. Three-fifths in their rotation, and likely the very best three spots, is made of new faces when they prepare for lofty expectations within the coming year.

    After adding a number of stars via trade and signing Melky Cabrera as being a free agent, Las Vegas has pegged the Blue Jays because favorite to win the 2013 World Series. Of course, meaning little inside grand scheme of things, even so the expectations in Toronto are going to be very real when pitchers and catchers report.

    d'Arnaud hit .333/.380/.595 with 16 home runs in 67 games last season there are some questions surrounding his future due to knee trouble. The Mets reportedly reviewed his records and have absolutely no concerns. Syndergaard is yet another core component of his deal. MLB.com ranked him as Toronto's third-best prospect and the man was the 38th overall pick from the 2010 draft. Just 20, he'd a 2.60 ERA and averaged 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings over a lot more than 100 innings with Class A Lansing in 2012.

    Becerra just turned 18 in October and projects as being a speedy corner outfielder, but is far from your sure prospect. It may be a very extensive period before we understand if the Mets acquired another difference-maker within this deal.

    Ultimately, the two main things that may fall for the shoulders of Anthopoulos as well as the Blue Jays front office. The first is whether or not they will turn each one of these acquisitions into not just a playoff berth, something they haven't accomplish since 1993, but on the very least an appearance from the World Series. If their new stars make them an American League Championship and possibly the club's third title, dealing high-level prospects like d'Arnaud and Syndergaard to get a 38-year-old pitcher will are actually a calculated move.

    The risk is because they won't win over the following few years, nevertheless, you choose to define 'win,' along with the failure is compounded with the possible emergence of d'Arnaud and/or Syndergaard as Major League-level starters or perhaps stars. There remains a chance that the Blue Jays can win for a high level without resorting to strong production from Dickey, who I believe carries somewhat of uncertainty given his age along with the unpredictability of his pitch.

    That said, he may be the reigning National League Cy Young winner and may even very well be the major reason, or one in the main main reasons why, this Blue Jays team becomes the cream with the AL East crop over the following three or four years.

    By next October we'll know how Year 1 in the new Toronto blueprint went. I'd deem an appearance inside ALCS the quality of success they should be validate all they've already done throughout the last month. If they don't win a playoff series, there are going to be questions as to if Anthopoulos and Co. must have cashed within a good chunk on the chips they worked challenging to acquire in recent times.

    Grade for Blue Jays: B-

    Adding Dickey to the present offseason's haul has added percentage points towards the likelihood that Toronto will likely be highly successful in 2013 (and 2014, 2015), but as stated previously I have reservations regarding how productive he are going to be. As a knuckleballer there is definitely an unpredictability, although he seems to possess mastered nuances that somebody like Tim Wakefield, probably the most recent successful knuckleballer, didn't.

    The important things is to not expect 20 wins, a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts from Dickey.

    Grade for Dickey: A-

    It's hard not to ever grade Dickey highly while he held a lot of power. Had he not reached an agreement using a contract extension with all the Blue Jays, the sale would have fallen apart. However, it's safe to imagine that his first choice would are already to sign an extension using the Mets. He was comfortable in New York, pitching at Citi Field and emerging as being a household reputation for both his performance and outspoken nature for the sexual abuse of kids. When he received a phone call from Sandy Alderson that the trade while using Blue Jays is at place, pending a contract on a brand new deal, Dickey described the feeling being a sort of "numbness."

    While I have expressed some doubt about whether Dickey can maintain a closed society level of production, he's pitched near to 617 innings to the Mets in the last three seasons with ERAs of 2.84, 3.28 and a couple of.73. He struck out 568 batters over that span.

    That makes the importance of his contract extension surprising. Dickey could make $29 million over the following three seasons, while Zack Greinke will add $70 million to his bank account on account of the Dodgers. Greinke is nine years younger than Dickey, but his recent performance hasn't come all-around matching that with the knuckleballer.

    If Dickey were as part of his late twenties or early thirties, yet have received binding agreement worth no less than double what he did -- repertoire not withstanding.

    The Mets absolutely were forced to trade Dickey, despite Alderson nevertheless signing David Wright and Dickey to long-term deals was the club's the goal this offseason. I do not believe the Mets were ever set on keeping Dickey long-term.

    Even signing Dickey to a brand new contract at the "reduced" rate wouldn't have benefited the Mets in the years ahead. They aren't likely to contend in 2013, as well as even 2014, and it also wouldn't are already smart to commit significant resources to your pitcher like Dickey inside their situation.

    Grade for that Mets: A

    It's not easy to determine just what the Mets might have, and might are already offered, for Dickey, but landing a package that has d'Arnaud and Syndergaard, along that has a Major League player in Buck as well as a flyer of MLB 18 Stubs for sale sorts in Becerra is usually a great return.

    Many consider d'Arnaud the superior catching prospect in baseball and project him as a superb defender which could hit 20 to 25 home runs using a solid approach at home plate. His 2012 season ended prematurely when he tore the PCL in the left knee on June 25. He what food was in line for any potential September call-up prior to the injury.

    The Mets will control d'Arnaud and Syndergaard for your next six seasons, the style of security that your team in transition desperately needed.