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Just Sayin': Reaction to the Dickey trade

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The Sports Xchange takes a closer look at reaction to the deal that sent National League Cy Young Award winner from the New York Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays. After Dickey agreed to a contract extension with Toronto, the Blue Jays received the knuckleballer as well as catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. In exchange, the Mets got major league catcher John Buck, catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud, right-hander Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.

A sampling of what writers and columnists are Just Sayin' ...

Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports:

The sheer idea of this trade is a window into the Jays' soul. Once general manager Alex Anthopoulos made his blockbuster with the Miami Marlins, there was no turning back. A team is either in or it's out. The middle is no place to be.

The New York Yankees are old. The Boston Red Sox are in transition. The Blue Jays' time is now, even if this all seems a little rushed, even if the team's threshold for Dickey arguably should have been one top prospect, not two.

Make no mistake: There is boom-or-bust potential in this trade, for both sides. The Jays could end up like the 2012 Marlins, champions of the offseason, a disaster during the regular season. But this is the right moment for them to strike, and Dickey -- odd as it may sound -- is the right man for them at the right time.

Danny Knobler, CBS Sports:

Good for the Blue Jays for accepting the reality that some prospects are more valuable because of who they allow you to trade for.

But what about the Mets?

How does a team in the biggest of big markets trade away a Cy Young winner?

Because it was absolutely the right thing to do.

There are almost no circumstances in which the Mets should be praised for making a trade like the one they just made with the Blue Jays. No circumstances but these.

And that has less to do with who they got back for R.A. Dickey -- by all accounts, they did very well -- than for who they are right now and who Dickey is.

Who are they? They're a team with almost no chance of contending next year or the year after, with R.A. Dickey or without him.

Adam Rubin, ESPN New York:

For a second straight winter, (general manager Sandy) Alderson has maintained the Mets are not punting the upcoming season. But that is exactly what they are doing. The only thing that likely will keep the Amazin's out of last place next season is the Miami Marlins, whose latest fire sale means Dickey now will be teammates with old friend Jose Reyes as well as Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle in Toronto. ...

If the Mets were going to go in this direction, you wish it had been full bore and from the outset of Alderson's tenure. Letting Reyes walk as a free agent for draft picks rather than maximizing the haul by trading him, then re-signing Wright but trading Dickey offered a lack of singular direction and will prolong the rebuilding. ...

Right move (for the Mets)?

For many fans, the brain says yes. The heart undoubtedly says no.

Damien Cox, Toronto Star:

Certainly, R.A. Dickey might be the player who lifts the Jays from an 85-win team to a playoff berth. But let's not sugarcoat this effort. It is coming at a frightful price. The Jays are all but stripping their farm system to try to win now, and there's a logical argument that this is exactly what they should be doing. But when you start to add up Travis Snider, Eric Thames, Asher Wojciechowski, Joe Musgrove, Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino, Adeiny Hecchevaria and ... Travis d'Arnaud plus Noah Syndergaard, it's hard to think of a team in recent memory that has moved so many good to blue-chip prospects over a period of six months. Again, this isn't to say that the Jays shouldn't be doing what they're doing. For business reasons, they may have little choice. But it's costing money and a whack of futures.

Buster Olney, ESPN:

Talent evaluators who have heard Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos say no to possible deals for catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud in the past are stunned -- completely shocked -- that Toronto has said yes to a to a trade for R.A. Dickey. ...

There's even more to this deal than d'Arnaud: Noah Snydergaard, regarded as the Jays' best pitching prospect by some teams, is the cherry on top of this trade for the Mets.

"I can't believe (Anthopoulos is) thinking about doing this," one AL official said Saturday, before the Jays and Mets finished the structure of the deal.

"He's out of his mind," said another.

Anthony Rieber, New York Newsday:

Dickey is never going to have a season better than the National League Cy Young Award-winning one he just had. But even with Dickey having a dominant, transcendent and inspirational year, the Mets finished 74-88.

As venerable Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner says Branch Rickey told him during a salary dispute: "We finished last with you. We can finish last without you."

The Mets didn't finish last in 2012 -- thank you, dysfunctional Miami Marlins -- but it wasn't a season to cherish. There were moments to cherish, however, and Dickey provided more than his share.

The Mets don't need an erudite 38-year-old starting pitcher as much as they need better position players. Even two more probably isn't enough.

Mike Vaccaro, New York Post:

The Mets did the right thing. They got maximum value for a guy who's 38 years old, who clearly has more yesterdays than tomorrows in his career. They get a catcher (d'Arnaud) who, if he's even half the player he's projected to be right now, it's going to wind up being a win for the Mets.

It's a win for the Blue Jays now, too, because Dickey's going to a brand-new league where a lot of people haven't faced him before, and it's going to really be a big advantage for him with that knuckleball.
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