It may not be the most popular move, but the Mets make a deal with the Blue Jays sending R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas to Toronto and get catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and 32-year old catcher John Buck (who will be replacing Josh Thole behind the plate), pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard and Minor Leaguer Wuilmer Becerra in return. Dickey negotiated a three year, $29 million contract with a $12 million team option for 2016. The deal was completely finalized yesterday after Dickey passed his physical.
It’s sad to see an end to Dickey’s time with the Mets, but fans need to understand that this was the best option for the team. We received two top prospects in this deal! The two sides could not reach an agreement, so this was what had to happen. In the end, both sides got what they wanted. Granted Dickey deserves a lot more money given the environment he is surrounded by- Zack Greinke getting $147 million and Anibal Sanchez getting $80 million. I mean the Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda is receiving $15 million for a one year deal and he is not the reigning Cy Young Award winner, so you have to respect Dickey for working with the trade and not against it.
Dickey took to Twitter once the deal was done to thank the fans and all the people that supported him.
I want to wish Dickey the best of luck in Toronto because he truly deserves it! He will always be my favorite pitcher, even if he’s not on the Mets.
And as for the newest Mets- I’m really looking forward to seeing them take on this crazy atmosphere of playing in New York. It’s a big risk, but the Mets are banking on this deal working out for the team’s future.
FINALLY AN OUTFIELDER!– Now that things have been settled with Dickey, Sandy Alderson needs to focus on our non-existent outfield. This problem was somewhat addressed when the Mets acquired the right-hand hitting outfielder, Collin Cowgill from the Oakland A’s in exchange for Minor League infielder Jefry Marte.
This is the info on Cowgill from the Mets official website:
Cowgill, 26, posted a .269/.336/.317 batting line with a home run and nine RBIs in 38 games for Oakland last season. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Sacramento, where he batted .254 with four homers, 37 RBIs and 33 runs scored in 61 games. Cowgill has a .255 average in 74 career Major League games.