Ken Rosenthal Poses Hypothetical RA Dickey Blue Jays Trade Offer

The New York Mets have not yet resigned veteran knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey to a contract extension and there have been rumors that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in acquiring the 2012 NL Cy Young award winner.  Ken Rosenthal wrote a piece today and came up with a hypothetical trade offer between the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.

The Mets are far apart on a two-year extension with Dickey, major league sources say. And teams interested in trading for Dickey say the Mets’ asking price is high.

Obviously, the Mets would have moved Dickey by now if they had received a suitable offer. But Dickey’s trade value is indeed subject to debate.

“Hard guy to evaluate,” one rival GM said Saturday.

Dickey is 38. He throws a knuckleball, which many baseball officials dismiss as a “trick pitch.” And while his salary in 2013 is an absurdly modest $5 million, he is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

So, what is his true value in a trade?

What does Rosenthal feel the offer could look like?

Possibility No. 2: Dickey for Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia and center fielder Anthony Gose.

The Jays definitely would say “no” to this. They would be trading a combined 10 years of control over Arencibia and Gose — both of whom play premium up-the-middle positions — for one year of Dickey.

Arencibia, the veteran in the package, still is a year away from arbitration, and under club control through ’16. Travis D’Arnaud, a top prospect, eventually will surpass him. But catcher is another position of scarcity — and rising salaries — increasing Arencibia’s value.

Here, perhaps, is a better idea: Dickey for Arencibia, straight up. The Jays obviously are trying to win; otherwise, they would not have made their blockbuster with the Marlins. And while Arencibia has averaged 21.5 homers the past two seasons, his career on-base percentage, in nearly 900 plate appearances, is .275.

Any takers?

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  8. 8 Wes Kepstro December 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

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  9. 9 GordieDougie December 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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