By BrooklynFans.com Reporter Richiee B – @metsjetsrangers
National League Cy Young Award Winner R.A. Dickey will be throwing his knuckleball north of the border in Canada.
The New York Mets have agreed to trade Dickey, along with catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas, to the Toronto Blue Jays for catcher John Buck and three top prospects, catcher Travis d’Arnuad, pitcher Noah Syndergaard, and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.
Dickey also agreed to a two-year extension with the Jays worth $25 million, plus his 2013 option worth $5 million. He will also get an option worth about $12 million in 2016.
He joins an all-star rotation that has Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, and Ricky Romero.
Dickey went 20-6 with an ERA of 2.73, pitched 233 2/3 IPs, 230 strikeouts, and five complete games. He was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2012 and won the Cy Young award.
In return, among the players the Mets got in return are top prospects C Travis d’Arnaud and P Noah Syndergaard. D’Arnuad battled .333 with 16 home runs in 67 games for the Jays in Triple A. Syndergaard was the 38th overall pick in 2010, had an ERA of 2.60 with 10.6 K/9 in Single A.
In my opinion, I love R.A. Dickey but if you can get a nice package including two or three top prospects, you have to pull the trigger on the deal.
I give a lot of credit to Mets GM Sandy Alderson because, in his tenure, he has released SP Oliver Perez, 2B Luis Castillo, and OF Jason Bay. He’s traded an aging Carlos Beltran for one of the top pitching prospects, Zach Wheeler.
In the end, it’s a business and you really can’t become too attached to a player like R.A. So I applaud Alderson for making the deal.