Dickey Deal Near Done; Pelfrey Officially Gone, Too

It’s almost done, a mere hours now before R.A. Dickey gets his “Get Out of Jail Free Card,’’ otherwise known as his contract extension with the Toronto Blue Jays.

DICKEY: Toronto bound.

The trade will be complete and Dickey will have nothing more to do with the penny-pinching Mets, the team he saved from total embarrassment this summer by winning the Cy Young Award.

Those words from Jeff Wilpon and Sandy Alderson, that re-signing Dickey was a priority have rung hollow as we expected they might. Dickey, the best thing the Mets had last season, will take his talents and dancing knuckleball to Toronto, hopefully a franchise that will realize what he brings to the table.

While this will be written off by the Mets that Alderson maximized what he could get for Dickey, much like he did when he acquired Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran, that’s not totally true.

In Travis d’Arnaud, a 24-year catcher with a bad knee, the Mets don’t know what they are getting.  In Dickey, maybe the Mets had a one-year wonder, which might have been the driving force behind the trade: Get what they can now because they don’t know if Dickey could do it again.

What the Mets did know what they had in Dickey was a genuine personality in a sport where there seems to be so few. Dickey pitched with pain, grit and determination and related to the public like few had before him.

This entire ordeal with Dickey was embarrassing to the Mets because it only underscored their financial problems and disjointed state of the organization. That’s why Dickey’s comments at their Christmas party were so upsetting. After all, the truth hurts and the Mets were stung by Dickey’s truthful words.

This came after the Mets’ offseason high in their signing of David Wright, who said Wilpon made promises to him about making the team competitive. Evidently, competitive didn’t include extending their 20-game winner.

This weekend also saw the Mets losing former No. 1 pick Mike Pelfrey, who took a $1 million pay cut when he signed a one-year contract with Minnesota.

It was embarrassing weekend for the Mets in that a first-round draft pick and Cy Young Award winner left and there’s little proven production coming back their way.

So, with Christmas fast approaching, the Mets look at their roster and see less talent than what they ended with finishing 14 games under .500.

What they are hoping for is their limited talent to improve and play over their heads. Maybe they are hoping to find another Dickey from baseball’s scrap heap.

But, hoping and wishing is not a plan. Never was.

8 thoughts on “Dickey Deal Near Done; Pelfrey Officially Gone, Too

  1. With this trade we know the Mets will be a terrible team

    We no longer have the front line pitching to compete and we do not have a major league ready OF. Apparently we also don’t have a catcher.

    I hope for the team’s sake that the two players we get are good and the stud catcher is not damaged goods.

    • dave: We do know d’Arnaud is more damaged goods than proven on the major league level. The pitching is worse, the bullpen is still combustible and the outfield is barren.-JD

  2. As for David it is sounding to me that he values pride over winning

    There is significant risk that he will ever sniff the World Series in his carrier and he may not see the post season either.

    The night life of New York must be very good to him

  3. Maybe David values sticking with the organization that drafted him over chasing dollars elsewhere?
    He has said he grew up admiring Ripken, who spent his whole career with the Orioles, and expressed admiration for Jeter for the same.
    I wonder if David had not signed here, and left, how much crap he would have taken from fans for chasing the money and not having loyalty.
    As for Dickey, I liked him, he pitched well for 3 years (very well last year of course). But when you have the chance to better your team by trading away a guy who will not be here more than 3 years, and you can’t be sure exactly what you will get for him, you make the trade. Sandy got back a catcher who most scouts think will be a very good hitter and a good catcher, as well as the Jays #1 pitching prospect. That is a good trade on the face of it.
    All trades bring risk. When Cashen traded Hubie Brooks, people were not thrilled, but it worked out well. Same when Mazilli was traded.
    You need to trade from depth, and pitching, while not overly awesome, is an area of some depth for this team.
    Omar left the farm in tatters. Yes, a couple of guys he signed/drafted have done OK, but he wasted many picks on relievers, and so far none of the international signings that were so heralded have panned out (Fernando Martinez, Fransisco Pena, Urbina’s son). Sandy needs to replenish the farm, and at the same time, build the major league team. All that while hamstrung by stupid contracts from Omar (Bay) and the lack of funds available due to stupid contracts and stupid investments.
    This team was not going to contend with Dickey. Now it will not contend without him, but at least a couple of guys with some potential to help in 2014 and beyond are here.

    • Ed

      Much of what you say is true

      As I say above I hope this catcher is not damaged goods.

      From our 3 baseman’s perspective I stand by my comment. Yes he will be loved for not leaving, but he got paid well and I do not believe from his standpoint ( winning ) that he made the right choice. The hope is that the pitchers work out, we get a pen and an outfield.

      As for Dickey, I hope he gets a chance to win and gets paid. I also hope it works on our end and we get a stud catcher for the next 10 years and the pitcher works out as well.

    • Ed: Staying was a priority to Wright, perhaps even more than money. Then again, Wright is probably smart enough to know he can add to his income by staying in NY and collecting endorsements. He probably also knows he has enough to live comfortably the rest of his life.

      You are right about all trades – and long-term contracts for that matter – bring risks. We don’t know how the trade will work out, but d’Arnaud’s injury history as a catcher is a serious red flag. That only increases the risk. -JD