December 18, 2012 @ 16:40:02 PDT
The R.A. Dickey haul was quite a pull for the New York Mets. Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard ranked as two of the Toronto Blue Jays' top three prospects per Baseball America. The headliners capped a justifiable return for which to deal the NL Cy Young winner. Fantasy players should know their names, too.
But what will come of the biggest surprise in the game last year? The widespread, knee-jerk notion of a sizeable Dickey drop-off gains more steam with a move to Rogers Centre. Any pitcher moving to the AL East, including his new teammates Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, warrants a bit more skepticism.
Despite his new hostile environment, however, Dickey shouldn't be penalized on top of the expected numerical downgrade via simple regression. Knuckleballers, especially those possessing his unique, speedier weapon, can survive in the Junior Circuit. Plus, facing designated hitters matters less when backed with his suddenly loaded offense.
Following in the steps of Tim Wakefield with a revolutionary form of the wind-dancer, Dickey, in a modest but clear-headed projection, should still post a K/9 of somewhere in the mid-7.00s and an ERA of around 3.50.
How does your room view the Kilimanjaro conqueror? If you can plant your flag on him as your second pitcher, that's a steal. Even backing him up with a just-below-ace type marks a successful value climb.
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