Turns out the rumours about the Jays’ interest in Mets Cy Young winner RA Dickey aren’t going anywhere anytime soon– and probably not until the Mets make a move, one way or the other.
Fortunately for us, Andy Martino of the Daily News makes it clear enough that it’s not like anything is imminent. Rather, he simply confirms what many have been speculating all week– particularly, in my mind, Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, who mentioned Dickey several times in a chat with readers that I wrote about yesterday.
In an extremely fluid situation, the Mets were said to like Toronto catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud, and Texas third baseman Mike Olt as major pieces in potential deals. It was unclear if those players were available in any trade for Dickey.
Toronto was not a strong player for Dickey earlier in the week, but Alderson was back in contact with Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos before leaving Nashville, according to a major league executive briefed on those talks.
“Contact” doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot, but it’s pretty bloody obvious why Anthopoulos would be interested here: reigning Cy Young winners looking for a 3-year, $30-million contract don’t land in the Jays’ lap for the opportunity cost of a prospects from within their areas of need every day. That is an opportunity the Jays can sell to Rogers, certainly, and even with decline, regression and the effect of switching leagues, the deal Dickey is reportedly looking for is certainly palatable. He’s been worth 10 wins above replacement over the last three years– even if he racks up only six in the next three, it’s worth a shot on the upside that he’ll be worth far more.
If I sound more into this idea than I have been for the past few days, it’s because I am. We’ve been led to believe we know the kind of deal Dickey is looking for, as the Jays will have as well. If they truly think they can sign him, or they get a window to extend, the prospect price hurts a whole lot less than when we’re just talking about one year.
And maybe there’s something to this.
Forgive me for trying to hard to connect a couple of dots, but in an earlier piece, Martino wrote that “while the team was dissatisfied with many trade proposals from other clubs, it was sitting on at least one acceptable deal.”
Add that to Elliott’s statement from yesterday’s chat that he had been told that an offer of JP Arencibia and Anthony Gose “gets it done, but Mets still looking for better offers,” and you start to wonder if both reporters are talking about the same thing.
It’s a damn hefty potential price for Dickey– especially only one year of him– but the Jays are in a decent enough spot in centre, with any production from Rasmus basically being gravy, and Emilio Bonifacio available to cover the position in case of injury. DJ Davis is still much too far away to start thinking about him, but… yeah, it could be lived with, I really do think.
Exec with club that has tried to trade for RA Dickey: “I think the Mets are going to sign him.” @mlbonfox
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 6, 2012
And, shit, maybe entertaining this stuff with a club in a “foreign country” is a way to force the issue. Who knows?
So… there’s that.