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First, what was the trade? The Blue Jays acquired R.A. Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and Minor League catcher Mike Nickeas. In return, the Mets acquired top prospects Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard, along with veteran catcher John Buck and Minor Leaguer Wuilmer Becerra.

Many thought the trade from the start was in favor of the Mets, netting two top 100 prospects for a 37-year old knuckleballer. Several people were questioning if Dickey was a one-year wonder. Now, saying this might have been a stretch, as Dickey had two solid seasons prior to the 2012 CY Young season. While his strikeouts and wins were not there in ’10 and ’11, he rest of his numbers were not too far off.

Then, to top the trade off, the Blue Jays extended R.A Dickey to a two-year, $25 million deal with a 2016 club option. At the time, the Jays looked untouchable with the new additions of R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and Jose Reyes.

So, what if this mega deal was never completed? Well,to start things off, the Mets would have obtained R.A. Dickey during the off-season for the two-year, $25 million deal with a 2016 club option. New York would still shop Dickey around but would obtain no luck. The Jays would keep Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard.

Now, it was evident that the Blue Jays would not start the season without acquiring one more arm for the rotation. With the lack of competition, the Blue Jays and general manager Alex Anthopoulos were sure to make another move.

So, who do the Blue Jays acquire in the 2012 off-season? There were plenty of viable options like Francisco Liriano, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Other than Dickey, no one at the time made sense for the Jays via trade or through free agency. So, with the team needing to make a move in the rotation, they end up signing Bartolo Colon to a one-year, $4 million deal.

While the Oakland Athletics signing of Colon did occur before the Dickey trade, we are going to take into account that the Dickey trade never happened and died out before Colon signed.

Now, to start the 2013 regular season!

2013 Season

R.A. Dickey has a better season in New York than in Toronto but the Mets fail to move him due to the poor performance in the first half of the season. The trade really had little to no impact at all on the Mets in the 2013 regular season.

2013 Record: 77-85 +3
NL East Finish: 3rd Place
Playoffs: Missed

Key Additions to team:
R.A. Dickey
Josh Thole
Mike Nickeas

Key Subtractions from team:
Travis d’Arnaud
Noah Syndergaard
John Buck
Wuilmer Becerra

The Blue Jays season was also better with Bartolo Colon. but the big moves of Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, and Mark Buehrle were certainly a let down for the team as the team still finished last in the American League East. Toronto kept star catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud in the minors for the main part. The team called him up in September but the young catcher did not receive many at-bats as Arencibia attained the bulk of them. The Jays were able to add two more wins with Colon but the season was still a disappointment for the franchise. The good news for the Blue Jays, they still have Noah Syndergaard.

2013 Record: 76-86 +2
AL East Finish: 5th Place
Playoffs: Missed

Key Additions to team:
Travis d’Arnaud
Bartolo Colon
Josh Johnson
Jose Reyes
Mark Buerhle
Noah Syndergaard
John Buck
Wuilmer Becerra

Key Subtractions from team:
R.A. Dickey
Josh Thole
Mike Nickeas

Post Season:

The Boston Red Sox still went on to celebrate their 2013 World Series title over the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Now, on to the off-season. The Mets still sign Granderson and everyone else. But with R.A. Dickey still on the team, Bartolo Colon does not sign in New York. Instead, he signs back with the Blue Jays. Which means this never happened.

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