What If Dickey Denies Extension?
According to FOX Sports, the Mets and Blue Jays have a agreed upon a trade that will send R.A. Dickey and Josh Thole to Toronto in return for a package that likely includes Travis D’Arnaud, John Buck, and Noah Syndergaard. The trade, however, is contingent on the Blue Jays extending Dickey for at least two years — and they have until Tuesday to do so.
Yes, I’m making the most of our final hours of R.A. Dickey sophomoric humor. But seriously — what if Dickey torpedoes … er, what if R.A. chooses not to sign an extension with Toronto?
To be perfectly frank (there I go again), I think the Mets are up the creek if Toronto and R.A. can’t come to an agreement. Teams needing a starter like Dickey are dwindling, and will be less inclined to offer the Mets a bucketful of prospects if they’re getting only one year of the NL Cy Young Award winner. What will the Mets do if that’s the way things play out?
Maybe they re-engineer the Toronto trade, replacing R.A. with Jonathon Niese. Though, would the Blue Jays still part with D’Arnaud? If that’s what happens, then what do the Mets do with R.A.? Would they extend him, or try to trade him for whatever package they can get?
Perhaps my concern is unnecessary. But the deal’s not done until Dickey agrees to terms with Toronto.
Are you worried? What do you think the Mets’ options are, if this deal falls through?
He’s be dumb to do it though. His best chance at winning and making a bunch of money is with the Blue Jays.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that extension negotiations between the Blue Jays and R.A. Dickey “have ended successfully at an affordable rate.”
Griffin doesn’t have the exact terms, but it is expected to be for more than the two-year, $26 million extension he was seeking from the Mets. He adds that the Jays will now examine Dickey at their spring training complex in Florida before the seven-player trade is announced. The proposed deal will send Josh Thole and an unnamed, non-elite prospect along with Dickey to the Blue Jays, while the Mets will receive Travis d’Arnaud, John Buck, Noah Syndergaard and an unnamed, non-elite prospect.
Dec 17 – 11:17 AM
Source: Toronto Star
1: RA came to the Mets very quietly, and if someone told you LAST yr that RA would fetch TWO of the best prospects in baseball you would have choked….AND if someone told you last yr that RA, a 38 year old knuckleballer, would be asking $25M in a non FA year you would have balked.
…Bottom-line is this was a very fortunate turn for the Mets. NOTE: They save RA’s salary and Thole’s.
2: Jose Reyes: So a 27yr old leadoff man and hitting leader NOT traded at the deadline. How BIG does that look now?
3. The Mets still Dave Wright and a healthy Johan Santana. They have Kirk, Harvey, Flores, Travis D’A, Wheeler, Ike, and Noah as young guns. Not too bad.