Reports are out that the Blue Jays may be close to adding NL Cy Young Award winner R.A Dickey. This move won’t come cheap and reports have super Jays prospect Travis d’Arnaud being the piece moving to the Mets. The deal may be bigger than just these 2 players with other rumoured names such as Mets 1B Ike Davis and the Jays top OF prospect Anthony Gose also possibly moving locales.
The Jays likely already have the best starting 5 in the AL East, but this move would make it arguably the best 5 in the entire league. But is the cost worth it?
In my opinion it seems like a lot to give up for a 38 year old starter on the final year of a contract. Trading d’Arnaud means the Jays believe JP Arencibia is their catcher for the long haul. As I’ve stated in earlier posts I’m not a huge Arencibia fan. I’m a baseball purist and believe your catcher needs to be able to catch first and hit 2nd. Arencibia is a terrible defender and there’s no signs that this aspect of his game is expected to improve drastically.
The rumours of Ike Davis being thrown into this deal makes sense as the Jays would probably want some youth and control coming back to them after giving up their top 2 prospects. I like Ike Davis and he is a monstrous upgrade over Adam Lind at first base. However, Gose is a scary talent to give up on…a possible 5 tool talent that doesn’t come around too often.
I’ve been on board with every move AA has made on his road to making the Jays a playoff contender, but I’m having a hard time buying in to this one. I’m all for trading your prospects for proven talent when you are close to something special, but giving up your top 2 prospects for a 38 year old rental and a so-so middle tier first baseman is a zany gamble. Oh and for those saying why don’t the Jays just trade Arencibia and Rasmus instead…that is nowhere near close enough to get you a Cy Young Award winner.
In the end though, the Jays will be the favourite to win the AL East and having a rotation with Ricky Romero as your 5th starter is just perverted.
Ok…I think I’m starting to talk myself into liking this trade….damn it….why can’t baseball start right now!!!