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.
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.