Brian Erni

This is a conflict of head and heart. d’Arnaud is a major piece, and I think the Mets are very fortunate to get him in a deal without giving up Jon Niese. It’s a unique opportunity to be able to cash in any 38 year old pitcher for a hitter that may well be a part of this lineup for the next 10 years.

That said, it stings to see Dickey walk out the door. There’s no doubt that it’s a tough day. Dickey’s 2012 was one of the most special individual seasons I’ve ever seen a player have in a Mets uniform, and he navigated it with class, integrity, and humility. And that’s key. I don’t think it’s fair to say anything bad about Dickey (the person) as he walks out the door. This is a man that I’ve always found to be humble and appreciative of the opportunity this organization gave him back in 2009. Giving him anything less than our utmost praise wouldn’t be worthy of him. This was about business on both sides, so let’s leave it at that. Farewell, Robert Allen. And may the Force be with you.