Shi Davidi of Sportsnet checks in again from Nashville, speaking with Pat Gillick about the trick the man sitting in the chair he once held, Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, pulled by making a 12-player deal with the Marlins.
More interestingly– or at least more rumour-mongeringly– at the end of the piece he indulges some of the speculation about the reported availability of the Mets’ RA Dickey.
I wrote during the GM meetings last month, the New York Mets will not do a 1-for-1 deal of Arencibia for left-hander Jon Niese, who is locked up through 2016 with options for ’17 and ’18. Dealing him forR.A. Dickey would be far more problematic since they’d be giving away four years of Arencibia, a 20-plus home run hitting catcher, for one of the Cy Young Award winner.
When the Blue Jays inquired about Josh Johnson and the price was set by the Marlins, Anthopoulos didn’t flinch but said the deal would need to be expanded.
One could expect the scenario to be the same for Dickey.
Now, read it again before you go off believing that Davidi is saying such talks are actually taking place– he’s not– but I think he’s probably right when he suggests that if there’s a match between the Jays and the Mets here, it will have to be in a bigger deal that what may seem obvious.
Tim Dierkes of MLBTR has it right, I think, when he passes along an Andy Martino tweet where it’s explained that “Fair or not, Dickey’s age and repertoire is making teams reluctant to give up significant talent for him.”
I understand the issue: four years of Arencibia is hardly nothing, especially since you could probably get a lesser pitcher for a little bit longer in exchange for him. But Dickey certainly would make a fantastic addition to the Jays rotation for 2013, and with the club suddenly going for it and committing major dollars to do so, there’s appeal to pushing their talent level that much farther over the top. Straight up for Arencibia, I’d do it– I think the difference between Dickey and Happ (and as a consequence, Happ over Chad Jenkins as the six) is much greater than the difference between Arencibia and some combination of Buck and a very green d’Arnaud.
But I understand why Anthopoulos might not– let alone some of the crazy scenarios I’ve seen proposed by fans suggesting they add a Rasmus, a Gose, or a prospect arm to the offer. No fucking way. Arencibia alone, in my book, is hardly a slam dunk.
So… there’s that.