Meet the Mets
And it's over.
After three remarkable years that Mets fans will cherish forever, R.A. Dickey and his wonderful, wonderous knuckleball has been traded to Toronto. The Mets got quite the haul in return, receiving two of the Blue Jays top 3 prospects, and a very intriguing 18-year-old outfielder, but as Jason Fry writes, losing R.A. is not going to be easy.
This trade might lead you to wonder why the Mets decided to extend David Wright if they were just going to trade R.A. Dickey. Ted Berg and Howard Megdal are wondering that too. As always, it depends on the deal, I guess.
Toby Hyde takes a look at new OF prospect Wuilmer (WEEL-mer) Becerra, who is much more than just a throw-in. As the headline says, very interesting indeed.
New York Post columnist Ken Davidoff took a lot of heat online for his R.A. Dickey column last weekend, including at this very website. Davidoff responds to his critics here. I still don't agree with the crux of his column, but it is refreshing to see a New York columnist be so transparent and willing to engage with his audience, even when they are calling for his head.
Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk broke down the Dickey deal on NBC Sports last night. Here's some video.
At FanGraphs, Marc Hulet thinks d'Arnaud is a player to build around, while Dave Cameron looks at how we calculate fWAR for knuckleballers.
And finally, Anthony DiComo answers some questions from Mets fans, who want to know, "Whhhhhhhhhhhhhy?"
Yesterday at AA
The R.A. Dickey story stream rolled on. 10,000 comments or bust, you maniacs.
Brock Mahan celebrated Bobby Ojeda's birthday.
And Rob Castellano took his own look at Travis d'Arnaud.
Jeff Sullivan looks at the cost of prying open a playoff window.
Blastings Thrilledge re-upped with the Yakult Swallows in Japan, along with Ted Berg favorite Wladimir Balentien.
Having lost out on Stephen Drew to the Red Sox, the A's turned to Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima to be their shortstop in 2013 and beyond.
And finally, Joe Pos looks at whether it's better to build around youth or veterans. Well, as a Royals fan he would say that.