RA Dickey to Blue Jays: Twitter Erupts as Mets Trade Cy Young Winner to Toronto

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RA Dickey to Blue Jays: Twitter Erupts as Mets Trade Cy Young Winner to Toronto
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Although it did not seem possible, the AL East just got even more competitive. The Toronto Blue Jays solidified their rotation by acquiring R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets.

According to Matt Snyder of CBS, the Mets made their top pitcher the centerpiece in a seven-player deal:

The drawn-out process is finally concluded. R.A. Dickey has passed his physical and agreed to a contract extension with the Blue Jays, the club announced Monday

Heading to the Blue Jays: 2012 NL Cy Young winner Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and catcher Mike Nickeas.

Heading to the Mets: Catcher John Buck, top-flight catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud, minor-league pitcher Noah Syndergaard and minor-league outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.

Dickey won the National League Cy Young after finishing with a 20-6 record and a 2.73 ERA. He led the NL in innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games. 

He became available this offseason after disputes about a contract extension with New York. The 38-year-old is set to make $5 million next season, but he was looking for two more years added for $26 million, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

This was apparently more than what the Mets were willing to offer. He subsequently signed with Toronto for a total of $29 million.

Toronto has already made a couple of splashes this winter in an attempt to keep pace within the division. 

The Blue Jays traded with the Miami Marlins to obtain Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio. 

They also added Melky Cabrera and Maicer Izturis via free agency. 

After a fourth-place finish in 2012, the team hopes that these moves will finally get them into the playoffs. 

Twitter Reactions

There are a number of reactions to the trade, both positive and negative, on each side.

Jayson Stark of ESPN believes that the Blue Jays have done quite well for themselves this offseason:

Toronto catcher J.P Arencibia, who has a bit of a vested interest in this, thinks fondly of the move (via Shi Davidi):

Mark Simon of ESPN shows how impressive Dickey was last season:

Joel Sherman of the New York Post explains the reasoning on the side of the Blue Jays:

Even one of the final pieces of the deal might end up becoming important, according to ESPN Stats and Information:

As well as this could turn out for Toronto, it could work out for the Mets as well. The team's official Twitter account pointed out the accomplishments of Travis d'Arnaud:

Michael Baron of Metsblog.com believes that this move could help the future of the organization:

ESPN's Adam Rubin showed why the Mets made the move, according to another team's scout:

Of course, not everyone was excited about how the Mets carried out the move. 

The most important person in the trade, however, is the man who was traded. R.A. Dickey gave his thoughts on the move on Twitter:

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