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    Default RA Dickey... were Mets right to trade him?




    I meant to post this a long time ago, back when he was traded. But of course I forgot and only remembered now. The impetus to post this was some talking head I heard on the radio shortly after the trade who was bad mouthing the Mets and saying that they will always be "also rans" because they do stuff like this... trading away a great talent instead of ponying up the bucks to keep him around.

    I respectfully have to disagree. Dickey had a phenomenal year, but he's 37 years old. Even for a knuckle ball pitcher this isn't young. He's been pitching the knuckle since 2005. I think this is a lot less of a guy who finally figured it all out and much more of a guy who had a career year and will likely never repeat it. I think the Mets sold high and were right to look at trading him.

    I don't follow the minors enough to know if they got a good deal for him, and that likely won't play out for another 3-5 years anyway. But my argument isn't so much whether they made a good trade, but rather that trading him was the right move for them.

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    I keep hearing about his 'career year', as if he only has been good in 2012, but he was very good in 2010 and 2011. If he plays at his 2010-2011 level, he will easily be worth what he will be paid over the next 3 years.

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    Dickey is a really good pitcher, someone the Mets definitely needed if they had any intentions of winning. They decided to trade him over what amounted to $5M, not exactly a ransom sum in the MLB.

    I agree with the radio guy, this is just another move in the direction the Mets have already been heading--MLB purgatory surrounded by media.

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    The Mets got a really good deal for Dickey. The best Offensive Catcher prospect, who should be up this season if he's fully healed. Their top pitching prospect who was in Lansing last year.

    Dickey has had a really rough time in the AL, but that was before he was able to harness the Knuckle completely, so who knows how he'll do. Most likely though I think his ERA will be up 1 run over the last 3 years.
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    It was a good deal for both teams. Mets aren't contenders this year and got a phenomenal package for him. Dickey is a great piece to a win now roster like the Blue Jays. One of the best deals I've seen in a long time where both teams look to have done well for themselves.
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    Dickey is a legit #2 or 3 at worst and should be for a few more years IMO. However, I won't rip the Mets because of the haul they got for him. Good deal for both sides.

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    This was a great deal for the Mets, one of the best trades of the off-season. The Blue Jays blew their system up, and have a small window to win just like the Marlins did last year. I don't know if they're the best team in their division.
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    Every time I hear Dickey's name, I think about that game in 2006 when the Tigers hit 79 homeruns against him in four innings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruzer1 View Post
    This was a great deal for the Mets, one of the best trades of the off-season. The Blue Jays blew their system up, and have a small window to win just like the Marlins did last year. I don't know if they're the best team in their division.
    They don't have that small of a window though. Everyone is signed or under control for a while except Johnson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastradamus View Post
    They don't have that small of a window though. Everyone is signed or under control for a while except Johnson.
    They are playing in the AL East, they have had injury issues, and their key players are in their prime. They have a small window of a few years, then they'll have to blow it up.
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    Never believed in "windows" to win. People have been saying that about the Spurs for 12 years. You either have a good GM who puts solid pieces together or you don't.

    Either way, the jays are the best team in that division, on paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruzer1 View Post
    They are playing in the AL East, they have had injury issues, and their key players are in their prime. They have a small window of a few years, then they'll have to blow it up.
    I think that's an extremely strange way to look at it. Even if it is true, so what. What does that even mean? How often can you set up your team to be in contention for the division/playoffs/WS for more than a few years? They have a window of their stars' primes? Ok, sounds great. Its better than what their window was before, closed and boarded up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antrat View Post
    Every time I hear Dickey's name, I think about that game in 2006 when the Tigers hit 79 homeruns against him in four innings.
    That was his first game as a knuckler right?
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