After weeks of rumors about whether the New York Mets would trade 2012 NL Cy Young Winning pitcher, R. A. Dickey, the team finally made the move. The Mets shipped Dickey, along with catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas, to the Toronto Blue Jays for a handful of promising prospects, as it appears they have decided to take a page from the notebook of the Miami Marlins.
The Blue Jays, in yet another shocking off-season move, signed Dickey to a two-year contract extension worth $25 million.
Dickey is coming off one of the most magical seasons for not only a fantasy knuckleball pitcher, but for a fantasy baseball pitcher in general. Dickey finished the season with a 20-6 record with an outstanding 2.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Not bad for a free agent pickup in most leagues.
Dickey also pitched a staggering 233.2 innings while striking out 230 batters, both career highs. His command last season was unprecedented for a knuckleballer, especially since he only walked 54 batters through the entire season. Dickey truly was the 2012 fantasy pitcher of the year and now joins a much better rotation in Toronto, but more importantly a better all-around team.
The Mets receive top catching prospect, Travis d’Arnaud in the major blockbuster. New York also received prospects Noah Syndergaard and Wuilmer Becerra in the deal, plus former Marlins catcher John Buck.
The Amazings only had one more year remaining on Dickey’s contract, so the team decided to cash him in for some prospects considering that they won’t exactly be competitive in the 2013 season. Acquiring d’Arnaud was a smart one that not only clears millions in cap space, but it also ends the team’s relentless search for a franchise catcher not named Mike Piazza or Gary Carter.
Dickey now joins a fairly stacked rotation north of the border. He will be pitching aside the other Toronto off-season acquisitions in Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. However, the rotation also features strikeout artists Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow. This will easily be the best rotation that the knuckleballer has ever been penciled into.
It is hard to imagine that a Cy Young Award Winner’s fantasy baseball value could actually be rising following an award-winning season. However, that is certainly true for Dickey heading into the 2013 season. He will get much more run support and will be out of the NYC media frenzy. Expect Dickey to rival, if not better, his career numbers this season and become the leader of the Blue Jays’ rotation.
He will win 18-22 games again and will easily throw 200 innings because throwing the knuckleball doesn’t take much out of a pitcher. View Dickey as a strong number two-fantasy option in the upcoming 2013 fantasy season.