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Given the success he experienced this season, R.A. Dickey was justified in receiving more than the $12.5 million per season he received from Toronto.
Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award, notched 20 victories, led the National League in strikeouts and innings pitched and finished second in the league in ERA.
And for those who say Dickey only had one good year, go take a look at his career numbers.
In 2010, he finished with a 2.84 ERA in 26 starts, winning 11 games. In 2011, Dickey compiled a 3.28 ERA while throwing 208 innings. This year, mastering the knuckleball made him a strikeout pitcher—one capable of shutting down an opposing lineup.
Rather than build around Dickey and David Wright, the Mets instead decided to sell high on their veteran arm, capitalizing on his 2012 success to get the best return possible for a pitcher that was looking increasingly difficult to re-sign.
Toronto gets the reigning NL Cy Young winner for three years at just $30 million. To put this into perspective, the Royals just spent $25 million on Jeremy Guthrie and the Red Sox $26.5 million on Ryan Dempster.
Age may be a bigger concern for Dickey, but to receive a smaller extension than Dempster earned for a 5.09 ERA in Texas is a slap in the face.
Throw in a slight of Dickey’s persona claiming that he was “appreciated but far from beloved” by his Mets teammates, and an otherwise nice guy was placed in a negative light throughout this negotiation process.
Dickey is on a contender and he got the security he was looking for, but he can hardly be considered a winner when looking at things from a wider scope.