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Birth Date10-29-1974
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
Age43 years, 11 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.52014
3.82015
1.02016
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0.22018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2001 TEX MLB 4 0 12.0 0 1 0 13 7 4 3 .256 111 9.8 5.2 2.2 3.0 47% .256 .297 1.67 7.42 6.75 119 8.12 168.3 -0.4
2003 TEX MLB 38 13 116.7 9 8 1 135 38 94 16 .261 109 10.4 2.9 1.2 7.3 41% .331 .264 1.48 4.37 5.09 99 4.98 104.4 0.8
2004 TEX MLB 25 15 104.3 6 7 1 136 33 57 17 .263 110 11.7 2.8 1.5 4.9 46% .322 .284 1.62 5.24 5.61 109 6.47 133.4 -0.8
2005 TEX MLB 9 4 29.7 1 2 0 29 17 15 4 .256 110 8.8 5.2 1.2 4.6 51% .260 .269 1.55 5.70 6.67 118 7.20 154.9 -0.6
2006 TEX MLB 1 1 3.3 0 1 0 8 1 1 6 .262 112 21.6 2.7 16.2 2.7 19% .200 .571 2.70 26.88 18.90 124 7.57 154.1 -0.1
2008 SEA MLB 32 14 112.3 5 8 0 124 51 58 15 .264 97 9.9 4.1 1.2 4.6 47% .291 .287 1.56 5.27 5.21 110 5.17 110.3 0.4
2009 MIN MLB 35 1 64.3 1 1 0 74 30 42 8 .259 104 10.4 4.2 1.1 5.9 48% .316 .281 1.62 5.03 4.62 106 5.37 115.3 -0.1
2010 NYN MLB 27 26 174.3 11 9 0 165 42 104 13 .263 90 8.5 2.2 0.7 5.4 56% .276 .241 1.19 3.66 2.84 91 3.14 70.9 4.3
2011 NYN MLB 33 32 208.7 8 13 0 202 54 134 18 .253 96 8.7 2.3 0.8 5.8 52% .278 .256 1.23 3.73 3.28 94 4.17 97.0 2.2
2012 NYN MLB 34 33 233.7 20 6 0 192 54 230 24 .253 94 7.4 2.1 0.9 8.9 48% .275 .231 1.05 3.30 2.73 78 2.32 53.2 7.8
2013 TOR MLB 34 34 224.7 14 13 0 207 71 177 35 .268 101 8.3 2.8 1.4 7.1 42% .265 .262 1.24 4.60 4.21 108 3.98 95.3 2.6
2014 TOR MLB 34 34 215.7 14 13 0 191 74 173 26 .261 103 8.0 3.1 1.1 7.2 45% .263 .259 1.23 4.34 3.71 107 3.88 95.0 2.5
2015 TOR MLB 33 33 214.3 11 11 0 195 61 126 25 .260 104 8.2 2.6 1.0 5.3 43% .257 .252 1.19 4.45 3.91 117 3.57 83.4 3.8
2016 TOR MLB 30 29 169.7 10 15 0 169 63 126 28 .257 109 9.0 3.3 1.5 6.7 42% .279 .263 1.37 4.98 4.46 108 4.86 107.5 1.0
2017 ATL MLB 31 31 190.0 10 10 0 193 67 136 26 .265 93 9.1 3.2 1.2 6.4 49% .290 .277 1.37 4.73 4.26 111 5.62 119.7 -0.1
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Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1997 PCH A+ 8 6 35.0 1 4 0 51 12 32 8 .000 13.1 3.1 2.1 8.2 0% .391 .000 1.80 5.40 6.94 0 0.00 0.0
1998 PCH A+ 57 0 60.0 1 5 38 58 22 53 9 .000 8.7 3.3 1.4 8.0 0% -.563 .000 1.33 4.89 3.30 0 0.00 0.0
1999 TUL AA 35 11 95.0 6 7 10 105 40 59 13 .000 9.9 3.8 1.2 5.6 0% -.814 .000 1.53 5.22 4.55 0 0.00 0.0
1999 OKL AAA 6 2 22.7 2 2 0 23 7 17 1 .000 9.1 2.8 0.4 6.7 0% -.846 .000 1.32 3.75 4.36 0 0.00 0.0
2000 OKL AAA 30 23 158.3 8 9 1 167 65 85 13 .000 9.5 3.7 0.7 4.8 0% -.939 .000 1.47 4.82 4.49 0 0.00 0.0
2000 Car Wnt 16 2 25.3 2 3 0 25 5 22 0 .000 8.9 1.8 0.0 7.8 0% -.926 .000 1.19 1.69 2.13 0 0.00 0.0
2001 TEX MLB 4 0 12.0 0 1 0 13 7 4 3 .256 111 9.8 5.2 2.2 3.0 47% .256 .297 1.67 7.42 6.75 119 8.12 168.3
2001 OKL AAA 24 24 163.0 11 7 0 164 45 120 14 .000 9.1 2.5 0.8 6.6 0% -.833 .000 1.28 4.04 3.75 0 0.00 0.0
2002 OKL AAA 37 19 154.0 8 7 0 176 47 109 8 .000 10.3 2.7 0.5 6.4 0% .339 .000 1.45 3.70 4.09 0 0.00 0.0
2003 TEX MLB 38 13 116.7 9 8 1 135 38 94 16 .261 109 10.4 2.9 1.2 7.3 41% .331 .264 1.48 4.37 5.09 99 4.98 104.4
2003 OKL AAA 3 2 15.0 1 1 0 14 3 4 1 .000 8.4 1.8 0.6 2.4 0% .265 .000 1.13 4.23 1.20 0 0.00 0.0
2004 TEX MLB 25 15 104.3 6 7 1 136 33 57 17 .263 110 11.7 2.8 1.5 4.9 46% .322 .284 1.62 5.24 5.61 109 6.47 133.4
2004 FRI AA 4 4 13.7 1 1 0 16 1 9 0 .000 10.5 0.7 0.0 5.9 0% .340 .000 1.24 2.32 1.97 0 0.00 0.0
2005 TEX MLB 9 4 29.7 1 2 0 29 17 15 4 .256 110 8.8 5.2 1.2 4.6 51% .260 .269 1.55 5.70 6.67 118 7.20 154.9
2005 OKL AAA 19 17 121.7 10 6 0 152 39 81 12 .278 15 11.2 2.9 0.9 6.0 52% .348 .323 1.57 4.62 5.99 0 0.00 0.0
2006 TEX MLB 1 1 3.3 0 1 0 8 1 1 6 .262 112 21.6 2.7 16.2 2.7 19% .200 .571 2.70 26.88 18.90 124 7.57 154.1
2006 OKL AAA 22 19 131.2 9 8 1 134 46 61 17 .269 97 9.2 3.2 1.2 4.2 46% .275 .281 1.37 5.39 4.94 0 0.00 0.0
2007 NAS AAA 31 22 169.3 13 6 0 159 60 119 18 .261 99 8.5 3.2 1.0 6.3 54% .282 .240 1.29 4.69 3.72 0 0.00 0.0
2008 SEA MLB 32 14 112.3 5 8 0 124 51 58 15 .264 97 9.9 4.1 1.2 4.6 47% .291 .287 1.56 5.27 5.21 110 5.17 110.3
2008 TAC AAA 7 7 49.7 2 5 0 58 8 30 2 .262 105 10.5 1.4 0.4 5.4 48% .333 .242 1.33 3.46 3.44 0 0.00 0.0
2009 MIN MLB 35 1 64.3 1 1 0 74 30 42 8 .259 104 10.4 4.2 1.1 5.9 48% .316 .281 1.62 5.03 4.62 106 5.37 115.3
2009 ROC AAA 5 5 33.3 2 1 0 39 9 18 1 .237 104 10.5 2.4 0.3 4.9 48% .322 .244 1.44 3.27 5.14 0 0.00 0.0
2010 NYN MLB 27 26 174.3 11 9 0 165 42 104 13 .263 90 8.5 2.2 0.7 5.4 56% .276 .241 1.19 3.66 2.84 91 3.14 70.9
2010 BUF AAA 8 8 60.7 4 2 0 55 8 37 3 .255 103 8.2 1.2 0.4 5.5 56% .272 .207 1.04 3.25 2.22 0 0.00 0.0
2011 NYN MLB 33 32 208.7 8 13 0 202 54 134 18 .253 96 8.7 2.3 0.8 5.8 52% .278 .256 1.23 3.73 3.28 94 4.17 97.0
2012 NYN MLB 34 33 233.7 20 6 0 192 54 230 24 .253 94 7.4 2.1 0.9 8.9 48% .275 .231 1.05 3.30 2.73 78 2.32 53.2
2013 TOR MLB 34 34 224.7 14 13 0 207 71 177 35 .268 101 8.3 2.8 1.4 7.1 42% .265 .262 1.24 4.60 4.21 108 3.98 95.3
2013 USA int 2 2 9.0 0 1 0 11 1 6 2 .000 11.0 1.0 2.0 6.0 0% .310 .000 1.33 5.51 5.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 TOR MLB 34 34 215.7 14 13 0 191 74 173 26 .261 103 8.0 3.1 1.1 7.2 45% .263 .259 1.23 4.34 3.71 107 3.88 95.0
2015 TOR MLB 33 33 214.3 11 11 0 195 61 126 25 .260 104 8.2 2.6 1.0 5.3 43% .257 .252 1.19 4.45 3.91 117 3.57 83.4
2016 TOR MLB 30 29 169.7 10 15 0 169 63 126 28 .257 109 9.0 3.3 1.5 6.7 42% .279 .263 1.37 4.98 4.46 108 4.86 107.5
2017 ATL MLB 31 31 190.0 10 10 0 193 67 136 26 .265 93 9.1 3.2 1.2 6.4 49% .290 .277 1.37 4.73 4.26 111 5.62 119.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1853 0.5472 0.4236 0.8484 0.6055 0.2038 0.8811 0.7310 0.1516
2009 1099 0.5341 0.4204 0.8333 0.5639 0.2559 0.8731 0.7328 0.1667
2010 2581 0.5599 0.4723 0.8072 0.6235 0.2799 0.8380 0.7201 0.1928
2011 3121 0.5543 0.4700 0.8187 0.6179 0.2861 0.8541 0.7236 0.1813
2012 3346 0.5356 0.4961 0.7349 0.6390 0.3314 0.7651 0.6680 0.2651
2013 3503 0.5358 0.4690 0.7797 0.6377 0.2743 0.8137 0.6883 0.2203
2014 3498 0.5246 0.4623 0.7625 0.6381 0.2682 0.7857 0.7018 0.2375
2015 3257 0.5075 0.4909 0.8030 0.6788 0.2974 0.8289 0.7421 0.1970
2016 2727 0.5072 0.4771 0.7617 0.6681 0.2805 0.7922 0.6870 0.2383
2017 2871 0.5134 0.4633 0.7880 0.6343 0.2827 0.8118 0.7316 0.2120
Career278560.53090.46970.78760.63670.2810.81740.70970.2124

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-15 2014-06-22 DTD 7 6 Right Groin Tightness -
2013-06-11 2013-06-11 DTD 0 0 - Mid Back Soreness - -
2013-04-23 2013-04-23 DTD 0 0 - Mid Back Soreness - -
2012-10-18 2012-10-18 Off 0 0 - Abdomen Surgery Torn Abdominal Muscle 2012-10-18 -
2011-07-03 2011-07-03 DTD 0 0 Left Hip Tightness Gluteal Muscles -
2011-05-27 2011-06-01 DTD 5 5 Right Foot Strain Partial Tear Plantar Fascia -
2011-04-08 2011-04-08 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Laceration Fingernail -
2010-07-25 2010-07-25 DTD 0 0 Hip Strain Gluteal Muscles -
2006-05-26 2006-06-17 Minors 22 0 Not Disclosed -
2006-05-18 2006-05-25 Minors 7 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2005-04-13 2005-05-23 15-DL 40 36 Right Upper Arm Inflammation Triceps Tendinitis -
2004-07-30 2004-08-23 15-DL 24 22 Right Upper Back Strain Rhomboid -
2004-06-25 2004-07-19 15-DL 24 20 Right Upper Back Strain Rhomboid -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 ATL $7,500,000
2016 TOR $12,000,000
2015 TOR $12,000,000
2014 TOR $12,000,000
2013 TOR $5,250,000
2012 NYN $4,750,000
2011 NYN $2,750,000
2010 NYN $600,000
2009 MIN $525,000
2006 TEX $380,000
2005 TEX $372,500
2004 TEX $337,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$58,465,000
12 yrTotal$58,465,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 7 dBo McKinnis2018

Details
  • 1 year/$8M (2017), plus 2018 club option. Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 11/16. 17:$7.5M, 18:$8M club option ($0.5M buyout). Atlanta declined 2018 option 10/23/17.
  • 2 years/$25M (2014-15), plus 2016 club option. Signed extension with Toronto 12/17/12. 14:$12M, 15:$12M, 16:$12M club option, $1M buyout. Toronto exercised 2016 option 11/3/15.
  • 2 years/$7.8M (2011-12), plus 2013 club option. Signed extension with NY Mets 1/31/11 (avoided arbitration, $4.7M-$3.35M). $1M signing bonus. 11:$2.25M, 12:$4.25M, 13:$5M club option, $0.3M buyout. NY Mets exercised 2013 option at $5.25M 10/30/12. Acquired by Toronto in trade from NY Mets 12/17/12.
  • 1 year/$0.6M (2010). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 12/23/09 (minor-league contract). $0.6M salary in majors. $0.15M in performance bonuses. Contract purchased by NY Mets 5/19/10.
  • 1 year/$0.525M (2009). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 12/26/08 (minor-league contract). $0.525M salary in majors. Contract purchased by Minnesota 4/5/09. DFA by Minnesota 8/29/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 11/29/07 (minor-league contract). Selected by Seattle in Rule 5 draft 12/07. Re-acquired by Seattle in trade from Minnesota 3/29/08. Sent outright to Triple-A by Seattle 12/5/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 1/07 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2006). Re-signed by Texas 2/06. Sent outright to Triple-A 4/27/06 after being DFA by Texas 4/23/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3725M (2005). Re-signed by Texas 2/05 ($0.27M in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.3375M (2004). Re-signed by Texas 2/04 ($0.211M in minors).
  • Drafted by Texas 1996 (1-18) (Tennessee). $75,000 signing bonus (reduced from $0.81M offer after exam revealed Dickey had been born without an ulnar collateral ligament in throwing elbow).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .239 .314 .414 .256
11 vs R (Multi) .256 .314 .440 .259
18 Split (Multi) -.016 .000 -.025 -.004
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .250 .333 .457 .265
31 vs R (2016) .264 .323 .464 .262
38 Split (2016) -.014 .011 -.008 .003
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-09-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who leaked the information in the story and why? This is Dolan-esque dysfunction (maybe it always has been).
(Lougle from Queens)
It always has been. This happened with Art Howe, R.A. Dickey, Cespedes, Ike Davis, Justin Turner, Wally Backman, Luis Castillo, Jose Reyes (the first time). Probably another dozen guys I'm forgetting.

They leaked it to basically give Fred no choice but to sign off. Poisoned the well. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-04-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Syndergaard/how would you numerically grade his pitches? We watching the next perennial CY young winner?
(Fred from NY)
I'm not ready to call him a perennial Cy Young winner, but I think we can almost make the assertion that he's the best of that incredible Mets cluster of young arms, which is quite the accomplishment. His fastball is a 10, and I'd say everything else is pretty well-rounded. His sinker is the pitch that is hit most (.269 BAA) and after that no one can touch his change, slider or curve. Maybe an 7 sinker, and 8 with the rest of his repertoire? I mean, he's legit. Way better than R.A. Dickey. (Kenny Ducey)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)so i have seen you and that one guy from that one site (half-hartedly) discussing a Kershaw trade. what is (are) the biggest trade(s) that have gone down in a Tout or Labr league?
(jonraypyle from tx)
It's really hard to trade in expert leagues, in part because nobody wants to be seen as losing on a deal. I traded Hanley Ramirez in 2013 for two starting pitchers. Fred Zinkie of MLB is the big wheeler dealer in LABR, and he made a big deal this year where he traded Andrew McCutchen, Stephen Strasburg, Asdrubal Cabrera and R.A. Dickey for Michael Brantley and Madison Bumgarner. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Due to injuries I picked up Miley, Masterson, Dickey and Norris. It's a very deep league. I obviously wasn't pleased with the latest results. Do I move on to the next group or have patience with some of these guys and which ones?
(LakeRaMan from San Gabriel)
It depends on how deep your league is I guess and who the "next ones" are. In order, I'd hang onto R.A. Dickey, Bud Norris, Wade Miley, and Justin Masterson. (Mike Gianella)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)95 MPH and a knuckleball for a change. Would the mechanics of throwing a knuckleball telegraph the pitch, or could a pitcher throw it hard like R.A. Dickey and become an impossible match-up?
(rangerfans2 from Fort Worth)
Why not just throw a 95 MPH knuckle ball? Why not make the whole plane out of the knuckleball?

But seriously, Charlie Haeger proved that 94 MPH fastball and a knuckleball isn't a lock to work. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)is there a possibility that, based on this year to date, R.A. Dickey is done? Or that his decline phase is accelerating?
(BeplerP from NYC)
Well, I think that it is more likely that his incline phase was a one-year blip on the radar, as knuckelallers are prone to such wild fluctuations. I wouldn't say that he's done, because knucklers can float forever, but I don't think that we'll ever see his 2012 again ... but that was always the case. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see for R.A. Dickey as a buy-low candidate?
(bcportis from DC)
Depends how low, but yeah I'd probably take a shot if you're expectations are in the 3.50-3.80 range (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What will be the biggest transaction of the 2014 season?
(Ace from PA)
Maybe something involving R.A. Dickey? I wish I knew so I could start on the TA. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any good under the radar/ bounceback SPs to target in keeper leagues?
(Brandon from Missouri )
R.A. Dickey had a stronger second half and seemed to adjust to the American League Post All Star. He won't do what he did with the Mets, but is a decent option next year. Ian Kennedy struggled all year, but a full year at Petco will definitely help. Ryan Dempster was terrible for the Red Sox, but a change of scenery could help. His high whiff rate makes him valuable in fantasy even if the other stats don't coalesce. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rate R.A. Dickey, everyone's favorite knuckler, this year in his transition to the AL?
(Paul from DC)
I would probably give him a C, based on performance as well as expectation. 2012 was obviously an outlier, but all of the pre-season hype about the potential dome effect on knucklers helped to fuel optimism. Relying so heavily on such an unpredictable pitch opens up the gamut of possible outcomes.

On the jukebox: Tool, "Sober" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Jimmy Nelson, Chris Owings, Brandon Workman, Tyler Skaggs, and Johnny Cueto just got traded for R.A. Dickey, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and Adam Dunn in my league. Not a fan of the veto so I wont veto this trade in my league, but just how lopsided is this for the side receiving Lee, Dickey, etc.?
(Gary from Georgia)
Hi Gary:

It depends on if your league has contracts or allows you to slot guys into rounds if you have a draft league. Cueto is a potentially strong keep assuming health and Skaggs has a nice ceiling. I've seen leagues where getting Cueto and Skaggs will net you four players, and it's not like Dickey or Dunn have been anything close to elite. It sounds like this is atypical for your league, though. The answer to these types of questions often depend more on your league culture than anything else. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Blue Jays regret giving up Noah Syndergaard yet? I didn't mind trading d'Arnaud but I knew the day it was announced that Syndergaard was going to make our front office look foolish.
(Kyle Matte from Ottawa, ON)
Yes the Blue Jays regret giving up Syndergaard. I understand why the Blue Jays made the deal for R.A. Dickey, but Syndergaard is really really good. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Drop Hellickson for R.A. Dickey or Jordan Lyles?
(Scout from the Diamond)
Sure. I'd try Dickey first, despite his annoying inconsistency. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I own R.A. Dickey in an 7x6 (Don't ask) 13 tm. roto league. What do I do with him? Think this is injury related, or league switch problems? Thanks!
(Ryan from Manhattan)
Waaaaay too early to consider dropping him or anything. Maybe sell him at a discount if you're ready to get out, but otherwise you have to be patient. This is why I don't like drafting pitching early, though. Especially old pitching. His age wasn't a major concern bc of what he throws, but his body is still old. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, I'm in awe over the Starting Pitcher Guide. It's like "War and Peace"! With regard to your rankings, R.A. Dickey at #10 seemed high. You don't forsee more regression from last year and the switch of leagues? On the opposite end, Matt Garza doesn't crack the Top 80?
(dangor from New York)
Thanks dangor. His NL to AL regression could be mitigated by the dome environment in Toronto which our own Dan Evans alluded to being a major plus for knuckleballers. Plus the AL East isn't quite the Beast of recent years. If he pitches near 2012 levels, the league won't matter. (Paul Sporer)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a believer in the hype of R.A. Dickey? Will he continue success into his 40s like knuckleballers of the past did?
(jlarsen from chicago)
As someone on the wrong side of 40, I always root for the old guy. That being said, I think the Mets did great with that trade. (Geoff Young)
2012-12-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the R.A. Dickey trade? And can you explain to me if Travis D has a realistic chance to become a top 5 catcher in baseball.. And also, if you can, do you realistically think the mets can regain a top ten team form by 2015? Thanks
(MetsFaithful5 from Upstate New York)
The Dickey trade was a classic "your future for our present" trade, and I get both sides of it. The reports on D'Arnaud are good. He can honestly catch and can honestly hit. That puts him way ahead of a lot of guys already in the bigs. Not a bad haul. (Russell Carleton)
2012-12-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Completely Gratuitous 4-Team Blockbuster Trade Proposal: -Mets send R.A. Dickey to Red Sox, send Lucas Duda + Domingo Tapia to Indians & send Wilmer Flores to Diamondbacks -Red Sox send Archie Bradley + Anthony Ranaudo to Indians -Indians send Asdrubal Cabrera to Diamondbacks & send Shin-Soo Choo + Vinnie Pestano to Mets -Diamondbacks send Justin Upton to Mets Care to offer gratuitous thoughts?
(mattstupp from NYC)
Math makes my head hurt (Ian Miller)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Jenry Mejia fit in the Mets rotation? What kind of ceiling does he have?
(lnodolf from Fillmore,CA)
lnodolf, reports yesterday indicated that the Mets are working on trade possibilities with both R.A. Dickey and Jonathon Niese, so they appear committed to finding a spot for Mejia to try his luck in the rotation. Mejia needs to find more consistency with his offspeed stuff to improve his strikeout rate, so while he may have a mid-rotation ceiling, he's a back-end starter at best right now. Given that he's only 23, it's worth a try for the Mets, but if he's unable to make those strides with his breaking stuff, Mejia's future is probably in the bullpen. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-11-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Maury, With the massive amount of debt the Wilpons have, combined with Irving Picard saying they have a very limited cash flow in his settlement reasoning, is there any chance they are forced to sell the Mets in the future?
(Tony from Queens )
I've been saying this for some time, but I don't see them selling. This deal yesterday with Jason Bay shows that there's more than one way to get creative (albeit, you'd think they would have learned with the Bobby Bonilla contract that deferring compensation past the time the player is with the club is really messing with payroll flexibility). The point is, I think that part of the deal with Bay is to free up some payroll space to potentially use in negotiations to extend David Wright and/or R.A. Dickey. That means, the club isn't really in "selling mode" at the moment, even under all the heavy debt weight. (Maury Brown)
2012-10-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why did it take R.A. Dickey so long to become this good and will he come close to repeating next season?
(Ed from Cranford, New Jersey)
The knuckleball is really hard to throw, and really, really hard to throw well, and nearly impossible to throw as well as Dickey throws it. Refining it took time. He's not the first guy to perfect a knuckleball at an advanced age. I wouldn't expect him to be quite as good next season, if only because I wouldn't ever expect one of the few best pitchers in baseball to repeat their performance. I think he could come close, though. Nothing about what he did this season screams "fluke," and he was even pitching hurt. As long as he has his feel for the pitch and stays healthy, I don't see why he can't keep having success. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-07-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)East Coast question from the midwest. Over the second half how far will R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana fall off from their first half performances?
(wauzer from Milwaukee)
Well, I don't think Santana will throw another no-hitter. And I doubt Dickey will throw another one-hitter.

Santana has posted a 5.67 ERA in seven starts since the no-no, and batters are hitting .291/.345/.544 against him over that period. He is better than that, but I think the real concern is workload. How many more innings can he pitch after sitting out all of 2011?

As for Dickey, sometimes knuckleballers have great years. Joe Niekro in 1982. Charlie Hough in 1985. Tim Wakefield in 1995 and 2002. Dickey seems to be having one of those years, as he did in 2010, but with a much higher (and more baffling) strikeout rate. How far will he fall? On the one hand, he has allowed five runs in three of his last four starts, so maybe it's already starting. On the other, he allowed eight in his third start of the year and then went 9-0 with a 1.21 ERA over his next 11. I don't know where his pitches are headed, I don't know where his season is headed. (Geoff Young)
2012-07-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why is R.A. Dickey not starting the allstar game? He has the best #'s, the best story, come on Larussa... what is going on here???
(Don't Jerk my Dickey from The City that never sleeps)
If La Russa is to be believed, it's wanting the catcher who works with Dickey to warm up with him. I think there's some merit to having Posey work with Cain and then bring in a new catcher with Dickey after working with him in the bullpen, even though it would have been very cool to see Dickey get the nod. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-06-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you buying into R.A. Dickey's breakout season?
(Renfei from DC)
I'm buying into the fact that he's really hot, but feel pitches can come and go quickly. R.A. wasn't having a breakout season at all until four starts ago, and if you're asking if I'm buying into four breakout starts, no. (Sam Miller)
2011-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you ever tried oreos and guacamole? I have, and trust me, it is good. I advise.
(Hannah from bay area, ca)
How do you mix them? Is this a blend or a dip or do you just stack? I'm intrigued.

By the way, I checked the SkyMall catalog and there are three baseballs signed by players whose named end in Y: James Loney, Chase Headley, R.A. Dickey. This doesn't solve anything, because of the mysterious -deball. James Loney, Lemonadeball? R.A. Dickey, MikeQuadeball? I dunno. (Sam Miller)
2011-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)"R.A. Dickey - Beware of knuckleball" http://bit.ly/mYwXiv
(stydings from Dirty Jersey)
Boom! We have an answer. I wondered whether there was an optical illusion going on with that -de and the fold of the paper. We accomplished something here, guys. (Sam Miller)


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