Yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets finalized a deal that would send R.A. Dickey as the principle component from the Mets to the Jays for top prospects Travis D'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard. You will note that those prospects were likely the best position player and best pitching prospects in the Jays' system. The Miami Marlins had previously sent five starting players to the Jays and received more quantity than quality relative to the Mets trade, as the team received Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino, and Adeiny Hechavarria along with Yunel Escobar, Jeff Mathis, and Anthony DeSclafini.

Marlins blog First Place Fish mentioned in passing on Twitter that it was interesting that the Fish failed to secure the best player in the Jays' system despite all of that talent being dealt.

I know the $ offset has to be considered, but funny Marlins fail to get A+ prospect for maybe best SS in baseball, Mets get for 38 yr old SP

— firstplacefish (@firstplacefish) December 18, 2012

Now, First Place Fish acknowledges that the money is a major aspect of this trade, but the money essentially singlehandedly explains the oddity that is trading more players to get a lesser return, at least in terms of prospects. The major players heading to Toronto in the Marlins trade were Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, and Mark Buehrle; Reyes was the 34th-ranked position player by FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, and Johnson and Buehrle ranked 23rd and 61st respectively among pitchers. By any stretch, one would expect sending those type of players would garner more of a return than just sending Dickey, even if Dickey was the 13th-ranked pitcher according to FanGraphs.