After the Toronto Blue Jays emerged as the favorites to acquire R.A. Dickey, the news came fast and heavy. The Blue Jays have been building a contender all offseason, and Dickey could be the final part of the puzzle. Now, it looks like the Jays have him.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Blue Jays have agreed to acquire Dickey from the New York Mets.
Sources: #Mets, #BlueJays have agreement in principle on Dickey trade. Window open for Jays to extend Dickey, which would complete deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2012
Barring any snags in the deal, Dickey will join a rotation that suddenly may be the best in the American League East. The Blue Jays acquired Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson from the Miami Marlins earlier this offseason. They now will have the reigning National League Cy Young award winner.
Dickey has been on fire in his last three season. He posted a 2.84 ERA in 2010, a 3.28 ERA last season, and a 2.78 ERA this past season. The trend is definitely positive, so the move makes sense for the Blue Jays who want to compete now. While Dickey may not be able to replicate his 2012 season, all he needs to do is be a strong number two or three pitcher in the Blue Jays' rotation.
Dickey had offseason abdominal surgery to repair a tear he had been battling all season. The surgery should not have any affect on Dickey's ability to pitch in 2013.