Hindsight 20/20: Would You Once Again Make the R.A. Dickey Trade?

The Trade:

December 17, 2012: R.A Dickey Traded by the New York Mets with Mike Nickeas and Josh Thole to the Toronto Blue Jays for Noah Syndergaard (minors), Wuilmer Becerra (minors), John Buck and Travis d’Arnaud. – source B-Ref

The Goal: Playoffs or bust

The Result: In Question


Last night MLB.com unveiled their 2014 Top 100 Prospects list, with both Syndergaard & d’Arnaud placing ahead of Aaron Sanchez and every other Jays prospect. Short scouting videos via MLB.com:

Noah Syndergaard: No. 11 overall; No. 3 RHP

 

Travis d’Arnaud: No. 22 overall; No. 1 C


 

Conversely, R.A. Dickey struggled, seeing dips in his K-Rate, increases to his BB-Rate and a drastic uptick in HR/9. He started to regain form in the latter half of the season, yet ended the season with a line of:

14-13, 4.21 ERA, 4.23 xFIP, and 2.0 WAR

With the Jays quiet off-season, many pundits, including the sports books, peg the Jays as a middle of the pack team in 2014.

Obviously this depends on your expectations regarding the Jays upcoming season, but in hindsight:

Would you once again make the R.A. Dickey trade?

Sources: B-Ref, MLB.com, G-Images

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