Great American Ballpark is one of the smallest OF's in all of Major League Baseball. The only problem I see is when we go out west to some of the gigantic parks. And yeah, I thought it was a good move on Cleveland's part. He was not signing back (he won't sign with the Reds either, we just got him for this coming season so Billy Hamilton can be ready by 2014 season) and you got a top 10 prospect out of him...but you won't enjoy Stubbs.
I still can't understand the D-backs though. Pretty much trading Bauer for Didi? I guess...
Stubbs was actually much more of a contact hitter before he was Bakerized. He might end up in the .250-.260 range, perhaps a bit higher. Tribe needed to move Choo due to Boras and Sanchez (hasn't touched a lefty since Sanchez busted him).
Every year he has played in the majors it has been under Baker. Who knows, maybe getting in a new situation will do good for him...but as a Reds fan he was the most frustrating player to watch. One of the fastest players in all of baseball, and he has been in the top 10 in strikeouts the past three seasons. If he just puts the ball on the ground he has a chance at getting on base and stealing second...but you can't steal first.
I expect the Angels to go full force after Dickey now with their weak starting rotation. Bourjos is a start, I could see Trumbo being moved too
With the Angels making this move and Toronto/Texas both needing a top-flight pitcher to (in their minds) keep pace, the Mets' hand just got a lot better. I still don't want them to trade Dickey, but if one of those teams is desperate, I'm game.
I'm going to be depressed once this Dickey trade becomes official.
Until I watch d'Arnaud play baseball and Syndergaard pitch.
Yeah I think this is a pretty great trade for both teams. It's similar to the Rays-Royals trade in that one team gets the other teams top prospect that nobody thought would be traded for a top of the line pitcher, except it actually makes sense for the Blue Jays because getting Dickey makes them a legit contender while getting Shields just makes the Royals slightly better than .500, maybe.
The Mets got a great haul for Dickey too. D'Arnaud should be a stud and Syndegaard has looked great, although he is still so young there's no telling how he'll pan out. He is the true wildcard in the trade because they really dont need him to pan out for the trade to be a success for the Mets because D'Arnaud will likely be enough, but if he does pan out it'll likely make the trade a total steal for New York.
It's gotta be tough for a Met fan to see Dickey go, though.
Post by Crow's Eye on Dec 17, 2012 12:28:19 GMT -5
I completely agree with Alberto, this is one of those rare trades where two teams in very different stages found pretty much perfect matches.
The Jays are making their move, and at a time when both the Yankees and Sox are weakened what better time is there going to be for them? For anyone trying to slight Dickey with comments about pitching in the AL, he is 4-0 with an ERA in the 1.7's against the AL East since joining the Mets. He will dominate in the dome where his knuckleball will be even harder to hit. He will be a favorite among the fans and he'll pitch his heart out for you every time he goes out there, without fail. He doesn't take a single pitch off, ever, and it's a joy to watch because you can see it in his body language. Every pitch is an uptick or downtick with him, but he rarely has two downers in a row. He really is that good.
And I love that the Mets have a future battery of Wheeler/Harvey/Syndergaard/Niese/Pitcher X (could be a prospect, FA signing, trade, who knows) and d'Arnaud. Sandy Alderson joined the Mets and said "pitching and defense," and it might've taken a year longer than most fans would have liked, but the plan is starting to take shape.
It's just never going to be an easy memory to think back on the day I realized Dickey was getting traded. Hopefully his story still has a bunch of pages left to be written, and you're god damn right I'm buying a ticket to a Dickey performance at Yankee stadium and rocking my Mets/Dickey shirt.
And this is fair to RA in the sense that he's going to a team with a chance to contend. It would have been almost unfair to let what few peak years he has remaining go to waste on 75-85 win teams while the Mets rebuilt with younger players.
*Side note to general popular discussion: And Drew goes to the Red Sox, allowing the Cardinals to remain passive on pretty much the only position they need to make adjustments to. Kudos to Boston, though, great signing IMO.
I dunno, I really am not huge on it. 9.5 mil for a dude who has been the pinacle of mediocrity over the last few seasons. I liked the idea of letting Iglesias have the job full time. He's not getting anything else outta AAA, might as well find out if he has a future with the team or not.
If you take out the time he was hurt back in 2011 he really has put together a decent body of work. Last year splitting time between ARI/OAK is not exactly a hitter's dream, but from 2007-2010 he was only behind Hanley and Tulo in OPS among SS. Decent enough with the glove and I could think of worse up the middle than Drew/Pedroia. Personally I just wish STL would have made a push.
Also, JD was a candy-ass. Mostly thanks to the fact that he came up with McGwire as his "veteran leader" teaching him to sit out every time he got a bruise. Stephen's ankle was a bit more serious than anything JD ever had.