Reports today are that R.A. Dickey has agreed to a contract extension which would allow his trade to the Toronto Blue Jays to be completed. Josh Thole and a “non-elite minor leaguer” will join Dickey in Toronto. In exchange the Mets will get catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, catcher John Buck, pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard and either cash or another “non-elite minor leaguer”. Dickey was reportedly headed to Florida for a physical with the Blue Jays today.
Putting aside the argument of if the Mets should have signed Dickey or not (that’s a heated discussion in and of itself) this is a pretty good deal. With this trade the Mets manage to turn a 38 year old pitcher and underachieving catcher into a top catching prospect and top pitching prospect (plus a journeyman catcher) adding youth and shedding payroll in the process. These are the types of things you need to do to build an organization that can contend long term.
If the Mets were one player away (as they were after the 1984 season when they traded for Gary Carter) my opinion may be different. But the Mets with Dickey in 2013 are not likely to go any further than the Mets without Dickey in 2013.
Update: Latest reports say that the “non-elite minor leaguer” the Mets are giving in this trade is Mike Nickeas and the “non-elite minor leaguer” the Blue Jays are giving is 18-year-old OF Wuilmer Becerra.