I expect the Angels to go full force after Dickey now with their weak starting rotation. Bourjos is a start, I could see Trumbo being moved too
With the Angels making this move and Toronto/Texas both needing a top-flight pitcher to (in their minds) keep pace, the Mets' hand just got a lot better. I still don't want them to trade Dickey, but if one of those teams is desperate, I'm game.
I'm going to be depressed once this Dickey trade becomes official.
Until I watch d'Arnaud play baseball and Syndergaard pitch.
Yeah I think this is a pretty great trade for both teams. It's similar to the Rays-Royals trade in that one team gets the other teams top prospect that nobody thought would be traded for a top of the line pitcher, except it actually makes sense for the Blue Jays because getting Dickey makes them a legit contender while getting Shields just makes the Royals slightly better than .500, maybe.
The Mets got a great haul for Dickey too. D'Arnaud should be a stud and Syndegaard has looked great, although he is still so young there's no telling how he'll pan out. He is the true wildcard in the trade because they really dont need him to pan out for the trade to be a success for the Mets because D'Arnaud will likely be enough, but if he does pan out it'll likely make the trade a total steal for New York.
It's gotta be tough for a Met fan to see Dickey go, though.
I completely agree with Alberto, this is one of those rare trades where two teams in very different stages found pretty much perfect matches.
The Jays are making their move, and at a time when both the Yankees and Sox are weakened what better time is there going to be for them? For anyone trying to slight Dickey with comments about pitching in the AL, he is 4-0 with an ERA in the 1.7's against the AL East since joining the Mets. He will dominate in the dome where his knuckleball will be even harder to hit. He will be a favorite among the fans and he'll pitch his heart out for you every time he goes out there, without fail. He doesn't take a single pitch off, ever, and it's a joy to watch because you can see it in his body language. Every pitch is an uptick or downtick with him, but he rarely has two downers in a row. He really is that good.
And I love that the Mets have a future battery of Wheeler/Harvey/Syndergaard/Niese/Pitcher X (could be a prospect, FA signing, trade, who knows) and d'Arnaud. Sandy Alderson joined the Mets and said "pitching and defense," and it might've taken a year longer than most fans would have liked, but the plan is starting to take shape.
It's just never going to be an easy memory to think back on the day I realized Dickey was getting traded. Hopefully his story still has a bunch of pages left to be written, and you're god damn right I'm buying a ticket to a Dickey performance at Yankee stadium and rocking my Mets/Dickey shirt.
And this is fair to RA in the sense that he's going to a team with a chance to contend. It would have been almost unfair to let what few peak years he has remaining go to waste on 75-85 win teams while the Mets rebuilt with younger players.
*Side note to general popular discussion: And Drew goes to the Red Sox, allowing the Cardinals to remain passive on pretty much the only position they need to make adjustments to. Kudos to Boston, though, great signing IMO.
I dunno, I really am not huge on it. 9.5 mil for a dude who has been the pinacle of mediocrity over the last few seasons. I liked the idea of letting Iglesias have the job full time. He's not getting anything else outta AAA, might as well find out if he has a future with the team or not.
If you take out the time he was hurt back in 2011 he really has put together a decent body of work. Last year splitting time between ARI/OAK is not exactly a hitter's dream, but from 2007-2010 he was only behind Hanley and Tulo in OPS among SS. Decent enough with the glove and I could think of worse up the middle than Drew/Pedroia. Personally I just wish STL would have made a push.
Also, JD was a candy-ass. Mostly thanks to the fact that he came up with McGwire as his "veteran leader" teaching him to sit out every time he got a bruise. Stephen's ankle was a bit more serious than anything JD ever had.
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