D’Arn It! Blue Jays Grab Dickey

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r-a-dickey-travis-darnaudTORONTO, CANADA – I was Massapequa Craig for a few days last week (many thanks to Angry Ward for taking one for the team). Got picked up from LaGuardia by a driver named Rocco, who was a former NYPD Detective back in the 70s and 80s – until Rodney King  scared everyone off the force. That’s when he got out. Listening to his stories was like a Scorsese movie and I thought, ‘Man it was good to be back in the region, even if only for a day sandwiched between two travel days.’ Two days in which the Knicks could beat both the new cross-town Nets and old cross-country Lakers. Looking back, last week was a simpler time when the Jets were still mathematically alive for the playoffs, the Giants were showing signs of waking up from their usual season-long hibernation, and Kevin Youklis’ Van Dyke still had a chance to remain on his face for the upcoming season.

It was also a time when Mets fans were still optimistic about signing their celebrated Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey. However, with one familiar fan favorite in Wright already locked up, the team decided extending a 38-year-old pitcher – even one coming off a magical season – for two years & tens of millions of dollars was not a prudent move. Kudos to Sandy Alderson for a rare bit of restraint and though 2013 is now officially another rebuilding year for the Mets, the good news is the team has gotten some blue chip prospects to perhaps make it an enjoyable experience, including potential mainstay catcher Travis D’Arnaud. Applications are now being accepted for a nickname catchier than “D-Arn.That D’Arn Cat? D’Arn the Torpedos? D’Arnton Abbey?

Forgive the production value; we didn’t know about mic or iris settings yet.

Alex Anthopoulos baseball god Meet_The_MattsFor the Toronto Blue Jays, Dickey is now a major root vegetable in what is turning out to be quite the free agent stew. GM Alex Anthopoulos has gone Dodger with some Magic of his own, completely revamping Les Jays. At this writing their line to win the AL Pennant is now +600, behind only the Tigers and Angels and even with? The Yankees… Not bad for a team that didn’t even sniff .500 last season.

Frankly, it smells like week-old 2012 Marlins to me; pretty fishy. And not just because many of the new players came from Miami, where they were already losers.

Canada should know better. They were part three deals involving a pitcher coming off a Cy Young season.
1) In 1995 the Jays picked up David Cone (for the 2nd time) from the Kansas City Royals, a deal that worked out okay but didn’t pay any dividends…
2) In 1999 Toronto traded the lovable Roger Clemens for David Wells and Graham Lloyd, another dud…
3) La troisième fois, it was Pedro Martinez abandoning the sinking Expos for Boston.

P.s… D’Arnaud came to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade a couple years ago. So, does that make Dickey as valuable as Roy Halladay? Who else did they get? A juice-less – and thus brittle – Melky Cabrera? Anthropoulis and the Jays may be the darlings of this particularly slow Hot Stove Season but frankly? I don’t see them going too much higher than .500 again this year – if they even make it that far.

All that Dickey needs to know is in this:

Angry Ward tomorrow.

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West Coast Craig reports from Hollywood with an endearingly laid back style. A happily married father of two little boys, WCC has an avocado tree in his yard, plays the hot corner in a "Valley" hardball league and always manages to take cool sports-related mini road-trips, often with his immediate clan. He hails from Oneonta, NY but has been "So very L.A." for twenty years, so his sports teams are the Yankees AND the Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the L.A. Lakers and the Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques. WCC loves bacon-wrapped hotdogs and can touch his heel and his ear... with his hand.
  • http://twitter.com/JunoirBlaber Junoir Blaber

    Thankfully there was perspective this weekend or else the jets loss would have really hurt.

    • WestCoastCraig

      I imagine the Jets would like to go back in time to last summer and try a little harder for Peyton Manning.

  • buffalobilly84

    You can’t drink out of a ring! Great answer. Good trade for both teams. Jays are relevant again and we have a buzz in Buff!

    • WestCoastCraig

      I would never harsh your buzz.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      The Blue Jays fans were excellent. Typical Canadians. Nice. Fun. Friendly. Makes you want to drop the gloves.

  • Cam_James

    WCC I want to thank you for not pandering to the rest of the Mattiverse that so woefully loves the dickey. The man is not worth 25 mil. I certainly think the other side of the trade reflects that because they didn’t get 25 million for him. The Blue Jays are simply pumping up for their next TV negotiations with whatever Canadian socialist public television is called.

    • WestCoastCraig

      that’s a cynical but shrewd observation. I actually think Dickey is the only new pick-up that worries me as a Yankee fan.

      • Cam_James

        Its the spot on truth. Every front office with half a brain has watched the valuations of MLB franchise’s skyrocket in recent years simply due to increases in calculated TV revenue. Teams like the the Dodgers, Angels, Marlin’s and now the Blue Jays are smart enough to realize that operating over budget is worth the short term cash strain if you can counterbalance with investor capital and long term franchise valuation. Who cares if Dickey cost 25 mil over 2 years if the new TV contract nets 1 billion per year. Why do you think Hamilton got a 5 year contract at 125? He isn’t worth that…

        This catch 22 is the key to allowing smaller market teams to compete if you get enough smart money people in the right places. Teams Like the Rockies, Mariners, Reds and Pirates should take heed and follow suit. Let the spending wars begin.

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        Shane Victorino.

  • http://ThePublicProfessor.com The Public Professor

    So many dickey jokes, so little time.

    • WestCoastCraig

      Dickies do make some tough pants.

  • Sam’s-A-Fan

    I’m fine with them moving Dickey, but I still say if they were going to do that, they should have shipped Wright elsewhere as well. No sense doing this half-a$$ed.

    • WestCoastCraig

      JB Smoove couldn’t have said it better.

      • Sam’s-A-Fan

        Some other lines that no one can deliver like JB Smoove are as follows:

        “You got some long ass balls Larry!”
        “I brings the ruckus to the ladies!”
        “E-jack-a-lit?!?”

    • Grote2Dmax

      No way. Wright is younger and the Mets need to put someone in the record books with non-comical numbers in the hitting department. We had Ed Kranepool as our hits leader until last year for cryin’ out loud.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Agreed!

  • Grote2Dmax

    I will miss R.A. but I think in the end it is a good move for the team long term. Thanks for picking up the D’Arn Tuesday shift this week.

    • WestCoastCraig

      I need the new MTM calendar to figure out when I’m supposed to be writing…the one with lingerie snaps of Cookie and Lori and Junoir…

      • Cam_James

        I’ll do the centerfold.

  • SentFromMyBlackberryWirless
    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Humph. Johan, the Mets ace, throws grapefruit these days.

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    Replacement Matt was at his best in Toronto! And his trip back to Buffalo to fly home was epic. Really hungover and really late, he had to drive a rental car with a window that wouldn’t go down, all the while fighting back vomit. Bienvenue!

  • http://twitter.com/CheesyBruin Cheesy Bruin

    I guess Bettman and Fehr will be watching America’s pastime at the hotel/stadium in Toronto. Jeez, bring back Exhibition Stadium so Dave Stieb can throw a ball over the right field fence.
    Very late heart felt condolences on your loss, Craig.

    • WestCoastCraig

      Thanks, Cheese…it’s all good.

  • AngryWard

    I don’t think this was a good move at all and unfortunately you’re all gonna have to hear about it tomorrow.

    • http://twitter.com/Cookies_Corner Cookies Corner

      I can’t wait. ‘Angry’ is gonna be an understatement.

    • WestCoastCraig

      I can feel the anger waves coming off my screen already. In knuckleball terms, Dickey’s just entering his prime.

  • http://twitter.com/Cookies_Corner Cookies Corner

    Both Wells and Cone threw perfect games for none of those teams mentioned above. That worked out well for the Yankees.

    • WestCoastCraig

      But Clemens gave Suzyn Waldman a lady boner, so he’s got that going for him.

      • http://twitter.com/Cookies_Corner Cookies Corner

        And she made everyone who ever heard that crap want to stick a screwdriver in their ear too.

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