After a few days of speculation, the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a deal to send knuckleballer RA Dickey north of the border. I don’t generally write about deals from other teams, unless it directly affects the Philadelphia Phillies. This trade changes the landscape of both Eastern Divisions in baseball and, most importantly, the Phils.
In the finalized deal, the Blue Jays will receiver Dickey (and his $25 million extension), catcher Josh Thole, and catcher Mike Nickeas. The Mets will acquire catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, catcher John Buck, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard, and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.
The New York Mets won 74 games last season. RA Dickey got the win in 20 of those contests. The Mets added some great prospects and will have made their team better in the long run, but they won’t be making any playoff runs this season. They’re pitching staff is weak after Johan Santana and they don’t exactly have talent littered across the diamond.
The Blue Jays have, like the rest of their American League East counterparts, developed a win-now mentality. They have a stacked outfield with Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus, and Melky Cabrera. They traded for more infield talent and will be running Brett Lawrie, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, and Edwin Encarnacion out every day. J.P. Arencebia and Adam Lind round them out at catcher and designated hitter. That lineup, regardless of where you’re sitting, is the best in the American League East.
Don’t forget their recently bolstered pitching staff that includes Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero, and J.A. Happ. It remains to be seen what they Blue Jays will do with that sixth starter (Happ), but they could be in the market to trade him and snag some more talent for the bullpen. Although, a move to the bullpen for Happ isn’t out of the question.
To wrap that up – The Blue Jays have successfully made themselves much better and the Mets are starting to build towards the future. A good pattern for the division as one more team prepares to win tomorrow while the Phillies are still built for today.
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