The saga is finally over! RA Dickey is now a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. After a weekend filled with rumors and prognostication, we finally know the details that sends the 2012 NL Cy Young winner up north. The Jays acquired the knuckleballer, catching partner Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas from the New York Mets for Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, John Buck and Wulimer Becerra. With this trade now in the books, I can safely say the following: the Toronto Blue Jays are the most balanced team in the American League.
Crazy, isn’t it? Now, balanced does not equal the best. I am not ready to declare any team the best in the American League until pitchers and catchers report, but there isn’t a team with less holes than the Jays. With Dickey, the Jays’ rotation is easily one of the most durable, dominant, and electric rotations in all of baseball. Brandon Morrow, who might be their best pitcher if healthy, is their number three, while the 200 IP machine that is Mark Buehrle is their four. Ricky Romero has gone from the team’s ace to the number five spot. That doesn’t happen too often, folks.
Outside of their rotation, their lineup is extremely balanced and solid. Steroids or not, Melky Cabrera should sandwich himself between Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista. After Joey Bats, they have the surprising Edwin Encarnacion and the young stud Brett Lawrie. All the Jays need is a first baseman/DH and they are set.
Oh, by the way, their bullpen is also really, really good. Casey Janssen proved he is a legitimate reliever, Sergio Santos should return to form, and Darren Oliver is quietly one of the best relievers in baseball.
As you see, Toronto might be the most balanced team in the American League. The only reason why I am not saying in all of baseball is due to the Washington Nationals, who I thought were ready to break out last year. I was right about Washington and I feel I will be right about the Blue Jays as well.
As of December 17, 2012, Toronto is my pick to reach the World Series. I might change my mind in a couple months, but this team very, very scary right now.
Bravo to Alex Anthopoulos on a job well done. The people of Toronto should be thrilled about the team he has given them.