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Monday, December 17, 2012

Mets, Jays complete trade for Dickey

Its official. R.A Dickey is officially a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mets received arguably the best catching prospect in the game, Travis d'arnaud. In addition, they also received highly-touted pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, veteran catcher John Buck, and 18-year old minor league outfielder Wuilmer Becerra. The Blue Jays received Dickey, and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.

The NL CY Young Award winner signed a two year, $25 million extension with Toronto. The Blue Jays bulked up their roster earlier in the offseason by trading for Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson. Trading away some of their top prospects prove that the Jays are looking to win now.

In my opinion, this trade was a steal for the Mets. Dickey is an aging pitcher(he's 38), and you don't know what kind of numbers he is going to put up this season. This was a guy that came into spring training a couple of years ago who was unsure if he was going to even make the opening day roster. Now, he is the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade.

Travis d'arnaud is a guy who has the potential to be a perennial all star. The Mets haven't had an all star catcher singe the great Mike Piazza. There will be some fans who will want to see d'arnaud start on opening day. However, it may be a smart move to keep him in Triple-A for the first three weeks of the season. Why? Because if he plays 20 games in Vegas(Mets affiliate), then his free agency will be pushed back to 2019 instead of 2018.

Syndergaard is a hard throwing pitcher who also has a very high ceiling. He is a long way from the majors, but he is considered a top prospect. What seemed like a very weak farm system a few years ago, the Mets now have a load of prospects that have the potential to be great players at the next level. Will this trade for the Mets pay off? Only time will tell.

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