Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Joe Girardi’s job got a little tougher this week — and he knows it.
The Blue Jays continued their busy winter, trading four players to the Mets in exchange for R.A. Dickey, the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner.
Dickey joins a rotation that had already bulked up with the additions of Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, adding them to incumbent starters Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero to form a very deep starting five.
“The Blue Jays have done a lot to improve their team,” Girardi said in an e-mail to the Daily News. “Adding a pitcher like Dickey gives them another quality starter at the top of their rotation. When you look at Toronto’s rotation, it now has a lot of different looks and a lot of experience with Johnson, Buehrle and now Dickey.”
I don’t expect Dickey to repeat his 2012, but CAIRO still likes him a lot in 2013. As a Jay he projects to put up an ERA of around 3.65 over 211 innings which would be worth somewhere in the area of 4.5 - 5 wins. Here’s how the AL East now projects adding Dickey to the Jays, Stephen Drew to the Red Sox and a few other tweaks to the other teams’ depth charts.
The teams are still pretty tightly bunched, but Toronto’s got a bit of a separation from the pack now. Anyway, projected standings in December don’t really tell us all that much so please Orioles fans don’t kill me.
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