Originally Posted by eyemissgilmour
The problem with that quote is that they are not on the cusp of anything. We have no idea if they are on the cusp of contending until they actually play some games.
I would be ok with a DArnaud for Dickey type trade in one scenario:
The Jays are in 1st place at the trade deadline next season.
Then you're on the cusp. Then you go all in.
Otherwise it's all guess work and hoping that your trades made you significantly better than last year. In that scenario I don't think you give up your best young assets.
Having Dickey from OD will damn near cement that 1st place you speak of. His numbers in the last 3 years, speak for themselves. Him being 38 means nothing given his mechanics. If AA is inquiring, he obviously has a plan and a back up plan. Everything costs something, and would essentially cost more waiting for the deadline! This deal gives us our best line up from the get go. If its a top prospect so be it.