The Mets always wanted to keep R. A. Dickey, General ManagerSandy Alderson said Monday night, shortly after a deal to send Dickey, a 38-year-old Cy Young winner, to the Toronto Blue Jays was made official by the clubs.
But in the end, Alderson said, the Mets simply could not ignore Dickey’s skyrocketing value as the hot market for starting pitchers simmered in their favor. As Alderson put it, “a line was crossed.”
“I think we understood, and to some extent, he understood, that we had to find out what his value might be in the market,” Alderson said of Dickey.
Dickey’s value turned out to be worth two of the Blue Jays’ top prospects, who highlighted a four-player package. Travis d’Arnaud, a 23-year-old catcher, was always the centerpiece of the clubs’ talks, and the inclusion of the 20-year-old right-hander Noah Syndergaard sealed the negotiations. Photo Credit: idovermani
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