The New York Mets missed their chance to trade a highly valued Jose Reyes before he eventually left the team in free agency. While the team would have suffered in the short term without Reyes then, the Mets could have picked up a few prospects instead of being left with nothing. However, the team did not make the same mistake this previous offseason with reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, as they traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays when his value was highest and are already looking smart for doing so.
R.A. Dickey had a fantastic season last year, with a record of 20-6 to go along with a 2.73 ERA. But the fact is that he is a 38-year-old knuckleballer who has only passed 11 wins once in his career, which was last season. Dickey wanted a big extension from the team after his breakout year, but the Mets and general manger Sandy Alderson balked at the idea. Instead they sent Dickey to Toronto for top catching prospect, Travis d’Arnaud. Although d’Arnaud is still in the minors, this trade already seems to be working out better for the Mets.
Dickey has struggled so far with the Blue Jays, with an 8.44 ERA in his first two starts. While two bad starts is not a death sentence, it is concerning considering Toronto signed Dickey to a two year, $25 million extension and gave up their best prospect to get him. D’Arnaud was impressive for the Mets in spring training, and he could be the team’s starting catcher by next season. In the meantime, current catcher John Buck, who was also traded in the Dickey deal, has been incredible for the team in the first few games of the season. The Mets’ organization has become synonymous with making terrible roster moves, but it appears as though they are already winning the Dickey trade now, even though it was a move for their future.