Fox Sports is reporting that the Mets and Blue Jays have agreed to a deal that will send R.A. Dickey to Toronto, pending the Blue Jays being able to work out an extension with the knuckleball pitcher. Toronto has 72 hours, or until 2:00 PM Tuesday to sign Dickey.
Earlier reports had Dickey as part of a seven-player deal between the two teams. In return the Mets received top prospect Travis d’Arnaud, top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck and an additional minor leaguer.
The last reigning Cy Young Award winner immediately traded also involved the Blue Jays, when they dealt Roger Clemens to the Yankees in 1999. The last reigning NL Cy Young Award winner dealt in the same offseason was Pedro Martinez in 1997.
The Mets also are expected to include Josh Thole and a minor leaguer in the deal. Neither unnamed minor league player is expected to be a difference maker.
This move represents a huge risk for Sandy Alderson, trading a popular player under a team-friendly contract. However, Alderson was faced with several unpopular choices. Would you rather that Alderson:
A. Brought back the same team in 2013 that finished 14 games under .500?
B. Traded 25-year-old Ike Davis?
C. Traded 25-year-old Jonathon Niese?
D. Traded 22-year-old Zack Wheeler?
E. Traded 38-year-old Dickey?
Realistically, the above choices are what Alderson had to choose from right now. People doubted that he would be able to get one top prospect for Dickey and Alderson got two, even if he did have to throw in Thole.
Earlier today, ESPN national baseball writer Buster Olney tweeted the following:
The broad perception in the industry is that if the Mets pull this discussed Dickey deal for d’Arnaud, it’s an incredible trade for them.
We can be sad about losing Dickey but at the same time grateful that Alderson and the Mets pulled off a deal to address one of their biggest needs in catcher. Now to get to work on that outfield…