The Toronto Blue Jays look like the probable landing place for the reigning National League Cy Young award winner. The Blue Jays have been interested in R.A. Dickey all offseason, and it seems they may step up to the plate and offer the New York Mets what they want in order deal Dickey.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets will likely receive Travis D'Arnaud as part of the proposed deal.
travis d'arnaud was heavily discussed w/ toronto as well as arencibia. hearing #mets may be landing d'arnaud. unconfirmed
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 15, 2012
Dickey has been the source of countless rumors this offseason. He is under contract through the 2013 season, but the Mets know as good as anyone that if they don't deal Dickey this offseason he will lose value. The problem is, the Mets haven't been able to find the right suitors. Until now.
The Blue Jays are working on building a contending team this offseason. After acquiring just about everyone from the Miami Marlins earlier this offseason, they are now moving in on one of the hottest pitchers on the market.
Dickey was 20-6 this season with a 2.73 ERA. It was the best season of his career, but he has shown signs of this type of performance the past few seasons. Dickey posted a 2.84 ERA in 2010 and a 3.28 ERA in 2011.
Dickey has been relatively healthy in his career. However, this offseason he underwent surgery on a torn abdominal muscle. The injury is not expected to affect his winter workout, and he is expected to be ready for spring training.