Get your Dickey fix! After Richard Griffin cryptically reported that negotiations between R.A. Dickey’s representation and the Toronto Blue Jays “ended successfully at an affordable rate” comes a Ken Rosenthal report that there is indeed a deal in place.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2012
Interestingly, two years and $25 million is actually less than the last reported number between Dickey and the Mets. The next step involves Dickey travelling to the Blue Jays Spring Training facility in Florida for a thorough medical examination. After that? Official announcements and jersey exchanges and tears and parades, I can only assume.
Buster Olney reports some of the $25 Mil will come up front in the form of a signing bonus. R.A. Dickey will earn four million more dollars over the life of his career than Zack Greinke will in earn in the second year of his deal with the Dodgers – a deal that could last for the same length if Greinke uses his opt out close.
$30M for the next 3 yrs of R.A. Dickey. Other 3yr FA contracts signed so far: J.Broxton 3yr/$21M; J.Guthrie 3yr/$25M; B.League 3yr/$22.5M
— K.G. Mulley (@GrubersMullet) December 17, 2012
The Blue Jays pay a hefty price to obtain the services of a good bargain like Dickey. As will surely be reiterated thousands of times between now and the beginning of the season, a trade like this does not occur in a vacuum. The AL East landscape and the moves Toronto made in the lead-up to this trade make the prospect price easier to take.
Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard might well become stars. The moment this trade becomes official, that can no longer be the concern of Blue Jays fans or management. Hopefully they do just that for the Mets. This trade is about cashing in some prospect capital to win when the opportunity presents itself.
With Dickey’s modest terms, the Jays can still choose to extend Josh Johnson if they see fit or strikeout again onto the trade/free agent market if Johnson goes free. Maybe the Blue Jays go through this entire process again next winter, dangling a few pitching prospects in front of Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies if their reload goes south? Cliff Lee has many years and dollars left on his deal…financial flexibility in Toronto makes that, and just about anything else, an enticing proposition.