Would You Trade R.A. Dickey to the Yankees?

In today’s episode of “Would You …?” we consider the unthinkable: trading a fan favorite and Cy Young Award winner to that despicable club on the other side of town. Would that be a nightmare or what?

After nearly being eliminated in the playoffs by the pesky Orioles, seeing the Blue Jays acquire three-quarters of the Miami Marlins, knowing the Red Sox are reloading, and aware that the Rays are always lurking, I have to think that the Yankees are a wee bit concerned about upgrading their roster — particularly their starting pitching. It’s not a winter if the Yanks don’t make a big move, and couldn’t you see them making a splash as large as acquiring R.A. Dickey?

Think about it: the Yankees are trying hard to stay under budget and avoid the new luxury tax, but they could really use a consistent “second ace” to C.C. Sabathia. Wouldn’t the inexpensive Dickey be a perfect fit?

I don’t know if the Bronx Bombers have the right pieces to pry R.A. out of Flushing. I can hear a Yankee fan calling talk radio now; it would go something like this:

Caller: “Hey Mike, first time, long time. Hows about we give da Mets, uh, Francisco Cervelli — cuz ya know dey need a catcha — and, uh, Swisha, fer da knuckleball guy.”

Mike: “I don’t think dats gonna do it. And Swisha, he’s a free agent. You’re gonna hafta give da Mets a pitcha.”

Caller: “Oh right. Well uh, whaddabout Jobba? Oh no, wait, maybe Hews.”

Mike: “I think da convasashun’s gotta start wit Gawdna, the Mets need a centafielda. And den ya talkin Betansisss.”

Caller: “Oh man, I dunno Mike, I like Gawdna.”

Mike: “Hey, ya gotta give sumtin ta get sumtin”

Caller: “Whaddabout Montero?”

Mike: “Ya traded him last yeeeah! Fuggedabout dis guy, next calla!”

In all seriousness, I’m not up to date on the Yankees’ up-and-coming prospects, other than what I read in Baseball America, so again, I have no idea if they have anything the Mets might want. They do seem to have an abundance of athletic outfielders in their system, which is something the Mets could use.

What do you think? Would you trade R.A. to the Yankees, and if so, for what players in return? Or, even if the Yankees put together a tremendous package that was the foundation of a long-term Mets dynasty, would you say no because it be too difficult to see R.A. in pinstripes? On the flip side, would you consider sending R.A. to the Bronx because you feel he deserves a shot at a championship, and the Yankees might be his best chance? And finally, consider that if R.A. remains in New York, you would still have the opportunity to see him pitch “in the flesh.”

Anxious to see your thoughts in the comments.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. norme November 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Dickey/Wright/Murphy for Cano/Granderson/Hughes

    Seriously, the Mets are in no position to be choosy about the team with which they trade. The only qualification for a trade is the usable value that they would get in return.

  2. Mike B November 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    I amnot to familar with the Yanks farm nor am I a fan of giving up proven talent for prospects but the Mets should def be looking at this.

    Lets face it, if your going to spend 15 milliona year on a 38 year old picher for 3 years you should think you have a chance to win a championship in that time. The Mets should trade Dickey to an AL east team, make it a 3 team trade and include Arizona for BJ upton.

    • Mike B November 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm
      **Justin Upton**
      • eddie ru November 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm
        3 Team Trade

        Mets trade R.A. Dickey, Micheal Fulmer, and Jordany Valdespin
        Mets get Justin Upton

        Rangers trade Elvis Adrus
        Rangers get R.A.Dickey and Jordany Valdespin

        Diamondbacks trade Justin Upton
        Diamonbacks get Elvis Andrus and Micheal Fulmer

  3. NormE November 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm
    By the way Joe, I love your fat Mike dialogue.
  4. DaveSchneck November 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm
    I would trade any player to any team at virtually any time…it is all based upon return. That said, the price tag for a divisional opponent would need to be much higher than another team. The price tag to the Yanks would be no different than for any non-division team.
  5. SiddFinch November 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    The Mets/Yanks have dealt players four times, the last being Ventura for Justice in 2001. Maybe this could be #5?

    At best a remote possibility but Dickey to the Yankees would be an interesting and unpopular move. However, a deal of Dickey for Ivan Nova/Melky Mesa and a low level prospect or two wouldn’t be a bad trade. It would give them a couple of talented, though flawed, 25 year-olds to plug into their rotation and OF mix respectively.

    Nova won 16 a year ago and the late-season call up Mesa, though he strikes out a lot, has demonstrated in the minors decent speed and more importantly some sorely needed corner OF pop that the Mets could use.
    Defensively, he seems to have a +arm (8 assists in 2012, 15 in Sally league in 2009) and solid defensively. He’s actually played more games in CF, so he could be a possible solution there.

    In this scenario the Mets fill two holes and don’t have to find another young arm for the rotation.

    Santana* (who knows, but he’s making Ace $$$)
    Pelfrey* (prob. be back on a non-tender)
    Wheeler* (could be in rotation by memorial day)

    This would give a core of Wheeler-Harvey-Niese-Nova in 2014. All four 27 or under. So maybe Sandy should give Cashman a call and make an intercity deal.

  6. John D November 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm
    If the Yankees offered the best package, yes I would absolutely trade Dickey to the Bronx. I don’t think the Mets are in the position to worry about one of their former guys starring for the Yankees. They have too many holes to fill. How about Gary Sanchez or Austin Romine – each a well-regarded catching prospect – and Mason Williams – a young, talented outfielder for R.A. If he helps the Yankees make the post season, I might even root for them because I’d like to see R.A. Dickey get a World Series ring.
  7. Dan B November 28, 2012 at 8:45 am
    I would trade Dickey, Mr. Met, my 1986 Game 1 World Series ticket stub, and David Wright’s eyebrows to the Yankees if it would improve the Mets. I would feel weird watching Mr. Met cheering the Yankees in the Bronx, though.
    • DaveSchneck November 28, 2012 at 11:02 am
      Great post! We could throw in Jeffy Wilpon’s baseball card collection as well.
  8. argonbunnies November 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm
    Dickey is worth more than what’s being discussed here. Gut the Yanks system and destroy their future, then sure, I’m in. Short of that, turning arguably our best player into B prospects and mediocre young major leaguers would be extremely stupid.