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The Mets cratered when they traded Tom Seaver – still one of the most devastating losses, from a fanbase's perspective, that I have ever seen a team create – and a few years later they had Dwight Gooden and another World Series title and the crater was landfilled (until the next crater).
No one has seen his knucklers in the AL, basically.
Dickey had become a knuckleball pitcher by the time he pitched for the Mariners and Twins.
That's 7 years, though, until Gooden came along. Then 2 more until the World Series. Teams don't like be in a crater for 7 years.
Dealing both Wright and Dickey, though, on the heels of letting Jose Reyes go, could crater the franchise.
I agree with you that 15 years between championships is actually a good outcome. It drives me crazy to hear fans calling themselves "long suffering" because they haven't had a championship in 20 years (or whatever).
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