On Dec. 8, 2012, the Mets officially acquired Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, John Buck, and Wuilmer Becerra from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas.
5 1/2 years later, Syndergaard -- who was not the headliner in the deal -- will face his former team when he toes the rubber against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
The deal came about after talks between the Mets and Dickey regarding a potential contract extension didn't advance -- and GM Sandy Alderson determined it was in the best interest of the rebuilding club to capitalize on the huge season Dickey had just completed.
"I recognize that this is an entertainment business and it was great to have R.A. here," Alderson said at the time. "And yet we felt in the best interest of the organization and the long-term popularity of the team that this was the right thing to do."
Dickey, who was 38 years old at the time of the trade, posted a 4.05 ERA and 1.25 WHIP while striking out 602 batters in 824.1 innings during his time with Toronto from 2013 to 2016.
Syndergaard, who was a 20-year old who hadn't pitched above A-ball at the time of the trade, has a 2.91 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 472 strikeouts in 410.2 major league innings since being promoted by the Mets in May of 2015.