The first reason why this all makes sense right now is Jeffrey Loria. You knew that the Marlins would have another fire-sale this year, after making their big splash last year, that went horribly wrong. Usually, I wouldn't want to get players from a fire-sale, because most often they consist of overpaid players whose contracts have turned out to be massive failures, (see: Red Sox-Dodgers trade from this year) but what was so unique about the trade that the Jays made with the Marlins is that the players the Marlins traded away were guys who don't have terrible contracts, and all are legitimately impact players. So what Loria did is he treated the deal like it was the Red Sox-Dodgers trade, but traded away players that still make a huge impact on any team. Anthopolous took full advantage of that, in what in my opinion was one of the most lopsided deals I have ever seen.
Secondly, getting the reigning Cy Young award winner for such a huge discount made the decision to go "All-In" much easier. Regardless of the great Minor League talent that the Jays had to give away for him, he is still making only $5 million next year. It would be fair to say that there's not a team in the MLB who wouldn't give R.A. Dickey $5 million to pitch for them 2013 after the year that he had last season. To put this into a better context, Dickey is making just over a 6th of what Alex Rodriguez will make in 2013. And as you all know, A-Rod will be riding the pine for the majority of the 2013 season.
On top of all of that, the Jays will only pay Dickey $24 million combined in 2014 and 2015. That's a good price even if his stats get slightly worse, and he becomes more like the pitcher he was in 2010-2011. $3.7 million per WAR is pretty good, especially when you consider the fact that prices will skyrocket in the next couple of years due to the added TV revenue clubs will be getting ($25 million/year).
|If Bautista's wrist heals from his surgery |
like it is supposed to, we will be seeing a lot
of this in the next few years.
The lineup is powerful, the rotation looks un-hittable, and the bullpen appears to be very strong. We should thank Alex Anthopolous for these great gifts that he has given us. Oh yeah, and watch out for those Jays come October. The time is now. Flags Fly Forever.
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