Is R.A. Dickey Better Than Joe Blanton?

The headline seems silly, doesn’t it? But how much better is he? I believe I’m asking a fair question, based on the contract Joe Blanton just received from the Angels.

The Angels signed Blanton to a two-year, $15M contract. That breaks out to an average of $7.5M per year, right?

OK, so, if all reports are correct, the Mets are offering R.A. Dickey a two-year extension, worth $20M, to his current contract. As it stands now, Dickey will be paid $5M in 2013 (or, $1.5M less than what the Mets will pay Frank Francisco — but I digress).

A bit of punching on the calculator goes like this: $20M + $5M = $25M. One year plus two years of extension equals three years. So, three years, $25M. When you divide $25M by 3, the final result is $8.3M.

So, if Dickey accepts the Mets’ offer, he’ll be paid an average of $8.3M per year, while Joe Blanton gets $7.5M per year from the Angels. Do you think Dickey is only $800,000 per year better than Joe Blanton?

Answer in the comments.

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