Because so little happened during this week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, apparently we’re still right in the damn thick of rumour season, and this RA Dickey stuff certainly doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.
Today’s slice of nothing new comes from Buster Olney:
Mets view most likely Dickey trade suitors as TOR, KC, TEX. But after the prices paid out lately,his contract ask must seem more reasonable.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 7, 2012
Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star also hears that the Royals are interested in Dickey, “but not for Wil Myers.” That tells us something about the asking price I suppose– both that it’s pretty astronomical, and that teams are balking. Which… makes total sense.
As has been pointed out to me numerous times, there’s the old saw about the Jays and rumours and nothing that you ever hear about beforehand will possibly come to fruition, but… y’know… that’s kinda horseshit. And I think it’s especially true when it comes from an event like the Winter Meetings, where there’s just so much media presence, and not a whole lot of places for Anthopoulos to hid.
I could entirely be wrong on this– and it’s even more possible that the Jays won’t end up landing Dickey– but as I outlined yesterday, there are a lot of reasons to believe that Dickey in play, that the Jays have interest, and there are a lot of reasons to understand why that interest might be as great as the constant reporting makes it seem.
Yes, his age, trademark pitch, league and ballpark are all concerns that the Jays would surely have, but the cost, in dollars, the fact that they may be able to get a deal done with surplus, and the quality the pitcher who would be coming back in return make it a very enticing proposition– and perhaps it helps that JP Ricciardi is now in the Mets front office, and undoubtedly has a few players in the Jays’ organization that he likes.
I dunno… it’s pretty much the same story as yesterday, and while I know that there are a lot– far too many, if you ask me– who don’t see the point of going after Dickey (he’s really good), or think that the rotation is good enough (it’s not, especially beyond Happ), or worry about the prospects they might have to give up– a valid concern, but a palatable if you use a little perspective and remember that we know Dickey’s long-term cost isn’t massive, and that there’s simply no way both Travis d’Arnaud and JP Arencibia or Anthony Gose and Colby Rasmus can really coexist on the club’s 25-man roster without one of each pairing taking a massive hit of value by playing out of position.
And, y’know, a damn Cy Young winner.
So… there’s that.