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Echoes From 527: Knuckles


R.A. Dickey will pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.

The highly speculated trade was made official following R.A. Dickeys medical on Monday afternoon. When the smoke clears, New York will receive 2 of the Blue Jays top 3 prospects in Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard, as well as securing the servicies of both John Buck and Venezuelan rookie Wuilmer Becerra.

Toronto lands the 2012 National League Cy Young award recipient R.A. Dickey his personal catcher Josh Thole and Canadian catching prospect Mike Nickeas.

Travis d’Arnaud represents the lone man standing (following Drabeks 2nd Tommy John Surgery) in the Roy Halladay trade. d’Arnaud won the Eastern League MVP title in 2011 hitting .311/.371/.542 and had worked his way up to becoming the Blue Jays No 1 prospect prior to being dealt to NY.

Noah Syndergaard was a main component in Lansing’s big 3 pitchers in 2012 posting an 8-5 record to compliment a sparkling 2.60 ERA over 103.2 Innings pitched. Syndergarrd has been ranked as the Blue Jays No 3 prospect.

John Buck was sent to Toronto as a throw in (or salary dump depending on how you look at it) when he was acquired from the Marlins. The Mets will pick up the tab on the remaining year of Bucks contract (5 Million) which basically means that Toronto gets a free year of R.A. Dickey having picked up the bill on his remaining 5 million dollar contract.

Rounding out the trade from New York’s stand point in Venezuelan OF prospect Wuilmer Becerra. Becerra hit .250/.359/.375 with half of his hits (4) going for extra bases in 2o12 however his season was cut short following being hit in the face by a wayward pitch earlier on in the season.

Vancouver born Mike Nickeas represents the “Warm Body” thrown into the deal  by the New York. Drafted in the 5th round of the 2004 amateur draft, Nickeas has hit a mere .180/.241/.238 with 6 extra base hits over 73 games at the Major League Level.

Josh Thole caught the majority of Dickeys games in 2012 working well with the 38 year old Knuckle Baller during their time together. Thole has hit .261/.331/.333 over parts of 4 seasons with the Mets and although his On Base Percentage took a dip in 2012, its worth pointing out that Thole has great splits vs Right handed pitching on his career.

And of course the centerpiece in this trade is none other than R.A. Dickey. Dickey is coming off his 3rd consecutive year of posting dominant numbers for the Mets as he was able to put it all together in 2012 finishing the season on top while being named the National Leagues Cy Young Award.

In 2012, Dickey lead the National League in Innings Pitched  (233.2), Strikeouts  (230) & Complete Games with 5.  His win total of 20 ranked him #2 in the league and his ERA of 2.73 also earned him the 2nd best rankings in the NL.

Dickey comes with a 2 year, 25 Million dollar  contract extension with an option that could keep the knuckler in Toronto until 2016.

Initially, there was a lot of concerin surrounding the fact that Totonto gave up such highly regarded prospects in order to secure what could have been a single year of Dickey’s services. At the end of it all, the fact that the 38 year old demanded a contract extension prior to finalizing the move to Toronto should make things easier for fans as they now know that he intends on staying with the team for what looks to be an exciting string of years to come.

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