R.A. Dickey Is Toronto Blue Jays' Most Overrated Player

By Zach Morrison
R.A. Dickey
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The Toronto Blue Jays were supposed to be one of the best teams in MLB in 2013 according to several experts, fans, and even computers. After the Blue Jays made a few blockbuster trades over the offseason including acquiring Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio, Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey, they were expected to be the most talented team, so they should win the division, right?

Well, so far, wrong. Games obviously aren’t played on paper. Even if they were played on paper, the Blue Jays still wouldn’t be all that good. Reyes is injured, Johnson is performing far below his expectations, Buehrle isn’t pitching well, and Dickey isn’t even close to the same pitcher that won the National League Cy Young Award in 2012.

The Blue Jays have several candidates for “Most Overrated Player”, mainly including Johnson, Buehrle and Dickey, but I think Dickey is the best choice. Dickey isn’t the most overrated player on the Blue Jays roster just because he isn’t pitching well, but it’s also because the Blue Jays gave up a boatload of prospects to acquire him.

The New York Mets received two great prospects, Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud, along with catcher John Buck and Wuilmer Becerra in exchange for Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.

The Blue Jays have been one of the most disappointing teams in 2012 which doesn’t help Dickey’s case. Dickey’s numbers in 2013 don’t even come close to the dominance he showed in 2012 when he went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA. In 233.2 innings pitched, he allowed 192 hits and only 54 walks to go along with 230 strikeouts. For a knuckleball pitcher to only walk 54 batters in over 230 innings is unprecedented, and quite frankly, astonishing. In 2013, however, his transition to the American League hasn’t gone as planned. In 93.2 innings, Dickey has allowed 92 hits and 38 walks. His strikeouts are way down with just 67, his K/9 has gone from 8.9 in 2012 to just 6.4 in 2013, and his ERA has ballooned to 4.90 in 2013 compared to his 2.73 2012 ERA.

Dickey is the obvious choice for most overrated player for the Blue Jays. Unfortunately for them, Dickey is making $5 million this season but will make $12 million in 2014 and 2015. If he doesn’t turn his performance around soon, the Blue Jays will be a bad situation with a player making way more money than he deserves.

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