Associated Press reported on some of the comments made at R.A. Dickey’s introductory press conference in Toronto on Tuesday afternoon.
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos made a disparaging remark against the Mets front office who he said didn’t give the reigning Cy Young the respect he deserved.
After going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and leading the NL with 230 strikeouts, Dickey was scheduled to earn $5.25 million next year with the Mets. The Mets first offer to him was only for $14 million over two years according to the report. The Mets later increased their offer to $20 million over two years and that’s where it ended.
“I even told him this when I met him, I didn’t think he got the respect he deserved,” Anthopoulos said.
Anthopoulos said too many have overlooked Dickey’s last three solid seasons. He even thinks Dickey can improve on his Cy Young season as he continues to work on mastering the knuckleball.
Anthopoulos also called the trade expensive, but added that this was a big opportunity because teams rarely trade pitchers of this high caliber.
“Guys like this don’t come around very often and they don’t get traded very often.”
When Dickey took the podium he expressed how thrilled he is to be a Blue Jay and spoke glowingly of his new GM.
“You can see that he’s all in, the moves that he made,” Dickey said. “If we don’t win, it won’t be because of him.”
Dickey then added that he was thankful the New York Mets did not meet his contract demands.