R.A. Dickey is a superb starting pitcher. His ability to throw the knuckle ball with ease should allow him to pitch longer than someone else his age as well. The Toronto Blue Jays should be happy about that to be sure. As good as Dickey is, he doesn’t really make up for the loss of prospect Noah Syndergaard to the New York Mets. Now once again the Blue Jays are being asked for a top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez. They should not trade him.
Over the last few years the Blue Jays have definitely leaned towards being a team that trades instead of one that signs free agents. That is just fine except for when it goes to the point when all of the premier prospects are gone. The Blue Jays are not quite there but especially as far as pitching goes, they are close. If they give in and give in to one of the many teams that are asking for Sanchez, they will be heading too far down a bad road.
Even Jeff Samardzija, as promising as his future still is, is not someone the Jays should trade two prospects for especially when one of them is Sanchez. No matter who they are offered, they need to hold on to Sanchez just on general principle. There are always rumors of course but as of this writing they have remained in control of the urge to sell their best prospect to the highest bidder. Hopefully long after the MLB Winter Meetings are over, that will remain the same.