While its disappointing we didn't get Greinke, I am not completely lost by it. This free agency class has been literally one of the worst in history. You figure off all the free agents out there, there was one front line starter in him, and then Josh Hamilton who we figure to resign.
Greinke is getting paid way out of his pay grade basically because hes the best looking dude in prison. There are no other options this year! After seeing what the Royals gave up for Shields, I certainly don't want any part in that.
Our best bet is to resign Hamilton, dump on the extra year and eat it. We basically ate the last year of the bad Michael Young contract, we will probably have to do the same with Hamilton, but we have no other choice. Then work on making a trade for Dickey. If that falls through, roll Darvish out as your ace, then look at Garza come the trade deadline and lock him into an extension if possible. Consider Lincecum next season if he has a bounceback year (which I will bet he does).
I'm not sold on the whole Dickey trade talk. How is his knuckleball going to play out in the "homerdome?" Knuckleballers need the wind blow in their faces to make the ball to move more. If I'm correct, usually during the summer months, doesn't the wind blow in from center field and then "reflect" back out as the "jet stream" which is above he stadium? What are usually lazy flyballs turn out to be homeruns. I am not sure his groundball to fly ball ratio but it is something to think about.
Lohse and Sanchez are some pitchers to look at. We could always go after Dempster...couldn't help myself!
Nobody ever said Wakefield was great. He pitched well beyond the age of most pitchers, however, because of the type of pitch he threw though. It's easier on the arm and allows pitchers to prolong their careers. This has been proven. That was the point.
As for the knuckleball not being effective against "contemporary hitters"...well, Dickey did win a Cy Young just last year against "contempory hitters" with that pitch, so I disagree with you there.
Of course, if you'd actually read my post (and other posts in threads), you'd see that I've stated I wouldn't trust a knuckleball pitcher on a regular basis, certainly not in our ballpark. It's all good if you're locating your knuckleball, but when you do miss your spots, places like Safeco and Citi Field might keep the ball in the yard...The Ballpark will not.
i just don't see dickey as an ace.
he's sported a nice era for the last 3 years, but how many ace's do you know that have only won 10 games or more twice in their career?
he's a great story, but i think texas needs more at the head of their rotation.
Wins are an awful state to judge a pitcher by, especially one who plays for a team with one of the worst offenses in the league.
i say you are taking a big risk if you slot him in at the top of the rotation and call him the ace. don't you think you're more likey to get the guy that went 11-9 w/ a 2.84 era and 104 k or 8-13 w/ a 3.28 era and 134 k than you are the one that suddenly wins 20 with almost 100 more K than he's ever had before and wins the cy young?
The thing with knuckleballers is that it's not easy to hit particular spots with that pitch. Now, when you miss your spot in New York, chances are the ball will still stay in the yard. In Arlington, it's bye bye birdie.
Dickey also benefited pitching in the NL the last few years. He has zero success rate in the AL, even after learning the knuckler. He's not going to get to face the pitcher in the AL. The hitters are much better over here in the American League.
So, say what you want about him. If he was so great, then the Mets should be doing anything and everything they could to keep him there. They're not...and for good reason.
2010: 55% GB rate, 28% FB rate
2011: 51% GB rate, 33% FB rate
2012: 46% GB rate, 34% FB rate
He will do fine in Texas. Last year he got a ton of strikeouts due to the development on his high knuckler. It gets so many swings and misses.
Dickey also went right into Tampa this year and pitched a 1-hitter with 12 Ks. He will do great in the AL because he is an awesome pitcher and talent. He is a bonafide ace that goes so deep into games.
I can see Dickey going 250 innings in the AL since he doesn't have to bat.
So why aren't the Mets trying to keep him??? Because our owners are dead broke and we have a need to upgrade at just about every position. Scott Hairston was our best OF for crying out loud. Send us Martin and some other guys who might be ready when we are in three years and you probably have a deal.
No one owes them anything.
Spoiled??? NO ONE that is a fan of the Rangers is spoiled. 35 years of waiting for a true contender, then being passionate about them competing in FA and signing a true front line pitcher or Ace is not being spoiled.
While it is clear the two of you are struck on stupid, it is impossible to dumb this down any further.
Get it straight dude- if you and your pal wish to dispense with turret- style stupid retorts, you're going to get what you ask for.
FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Blue Jays are "growing confident" they will acquire R.A. Dickey from the Mets.
Meanwhile, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 the FAN describes the Blue Jays as hopeful. It's not clear what the Blue Jays are offering, but J.P. Arencibia, Travis d'Arnaud and Anthony Gose have been speculated as possibilities. The Mets are in the market for outfielders and a catcher, so there could be a match here.