The New York Mets dealt reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays along with catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for catchers Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck and top prospects Noah Syndergaard and Wuilmer Becerra.
The deal hinged the Jays giving Dickey a contract extension. Dickey is signed through the 2015 season for a cool $30 million.
If anyone has earned a big payday in MLB, it is Dickey who toiled for seven seasons in Oklahoma City, the Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Dickey spent so much time in Oklahoma City, it was said that he ought to run for mayor.
Dickey didn’t become a full time big leaguer until 35 and the knuckleballer put it all together this season with a 20-6 record with a 2.73 ERA and league leading 230 strikeouts.
With that said, I doubt he replicates that kind of season in the AL East. Nevertheless, Dickey could potentially have another ten years in him as a big leaguer which is certainly ten more than he might have expected.
I highly recommend people read Dickey’s autobiography Wherever I Wind Up. Well, now he’s wound up in the Big Smoke.