New York Mets discussing trading RA Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays

The 2012 NL Cy Young may be on the move

12/15/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5134 respect

Oct. 2, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) throws against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsIn 2012, R.A. Dickey was one of the best pitchers in baseball. It paid off, as he ended up winning the National League Cy Young award. Now, only a couple months after the conclusion of his award-winning season, the Mets have rejected Dickey's requests for a 2-year, $26M extension, and the Mets are now shopping him around.

The rumor is that they've already agreed to a deal with the Blue Jays. This would definitely mean the Jays have been the most active team in the AL East by far, and could be poised for a division title, after years of competing for last place.

The rumored deal would send Dickey to Toronto in exchange for catcher Travis d'Arnaud and outfielder Anthony Gose.

The R.A. Dickey situation is a strange one. The money that he's asking for is an absolute bargain for a reigning Cy Young winner. Quite honestly, the Mets are insane for not signing him to an extension immediately. If anything, it would immediately increase his trade value, since he would be signed to a very reasonable contract for a few years, in a time when pitchers are getting absurd contracts.

If they complete this deal, the Blue Jays might be the favorites to win the AL East.

The only thing that could make people leery of signing Dickey to an extension is his age. As great as he was in 2012, he's still 38 years old. Knuckleballers tend to last longer than most pitchers, but it also should be noted that he has only really had one great season. That's not a huge track record.

This could be a huge coup for the Blue Jays, if they could pull it off. But how much longer can Dickey keep up his 2012 performance?
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