According to Matt Snyder of CBS, the Mets made their top pitcher the centerpiece in a seven-player deal:
The drawn-out process is finally concluded. R.A. Dickey has passed his physical and agreed to a contract extension with the Blue Jays, the club announced Monday
Heading to the Blue Jays: 2012 NL Cy Young winner Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and catcher Mike Nickeas.
Heading to the Mets: Catcher John Buck, top-flight catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud, minor-league pitcher Noah Syndergaard and minor-league outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.
Dickey won the National League Cy Young after finishing with a 20-6 record and a 2.73 ERA. He led the NL in innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games.
He became available this offseason after disputes about a contract extension with New York. The 38-year-old is set to make $5 million next season, but he was looking for two more years added for $26 million, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.
This was apparently more than what the Mets were willing to offer. He subsequently signed with Toronto for a total of $29 million.
Toronto has already made a couple of splashes this winter in an attempt to keep pace within the division.
The Blue Jays traded with the Miami Marlins to obtain Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio.
They also added Melky Cabrera and Maicer Izturis via free agency.
After a fourth-place finish in 2012, the team hopes that these moves will finally get them into the playoffs.
There are a number of reactions to the trade, both positive and negative, on each side.
Jayson Stark of ESPN believes that the Blue Jays have done quite well for themselves this offseason:
Anybody remember a team trading for 3 starters in one offseason who averaged 209 IP the season before? #BlueJays have done it this winter— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 17, 2012
Toronto catcher J.P Arencibia, who has a bit of a vested interest in this, thinks fondly of the move (via Shi Davidi):
JP Arencibia on addition of R.A. Dickey: “He brings a Cy Young, which is pretty good if you like being the best pitcher in the league.”— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) December 17, 2012
Mark Simon of ESPN shows how impressive Dickey was last season:
Joel Sherman of the New York Post explains the reasoning on the side of the Blue Jays:
Even one of the final pieces of the deal might end up becoming important, according to ESPN Stats and Information:
#Blue Jays also got Mike Nickeas from Mets ... of note because Dickey had 2.23 ERA in 48 1/3 IP w/ Nickeas catching last season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 17, 2012
As well as this could turn out for Toronto, it could work out for the Mets as well. The team's official Twitter account pointed out the accomplishments of Travis d'Arnaud:
Michael Baron of Metsblog.com believes that this move could help the future of the organization:
Prospects are always a risk, but the Mets have vastly improved their farm - developing a pitching-rich system.— Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) December 16, 2012
ESPN's Adam Rubin showed why the Mets made the move, according to another team's scout:
The scout added: "Gonna be 4th or 5th place with or without Dickey. Had to do it, and they got a front line catching prospect. ..."— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) December 17, 2012
"... Plus, they get 12 years of control on two top-tier prospects."— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) December 17, 2012
Of course, not everyone was excited about how the Mets carried out the move.
The New York Mets: Doing the right thing as wrong as possible since '62— Brian Wall (@bwall05) December 17, 2012
My 2 cents: I don't care what they got in return, the Mets' disposal of R.A. Dickey was shabby, needless and classless.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) December 17, 2012
The most important person in the trade, however, is the man who was traded. R.A. Dickey gave his thoughts on the move on Twitter:
Now that its official, I want to say that I don't have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support and...— R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) December 17, 2012
Encouragement I received from all of you.Ive always felt that there was a connection beyond the uniform.Thank you for making me feel wanted— R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) December 17, 2012
Looking forward to a new chapter with the Jays.— R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) December 17, 2012