It would appear the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets have agreed on players for an R.A. Dickey trade, but according to Jon Heyman of CBS, stranger things have happened than a trade like this falling through.
But should this deal go through, Dickey will be the final addition to a Blue Jays squad that catapulted itself into a playoff contender.
The key Toronto player involved in this trade is top prospect Travis d'Arnaud.
If you're not familiar with who he is, d'Arnaud was the cog when the Blue Jays traded Roy Halladay in December 2009.
Last season he hit .333/.380/.595 in an injury-shortened season. But regardless, he is in fact scheduled to make his MLB debut in 2013, and he seems to have all the tools necessary to make for a solid big league catcher.
R.A. Dickey is the reigning NL Cy Young winner, and at 38, it's difficult to tell whether his knuckle ball will continue to break over the plane of the plate for seasons to come.
But alas, there's no reason to believe it won't because 2012 wasn't Dickey's only quality season.
Since 2010, Dickey's had a record of 39-28 and an ERA of 2.95 in 616.2 innings pitched. Not to mention he's the proud owner of a 1.15 WHIP and two consecutive 200-plus-inning seasons.
In hindsight, the Blue Jays made it seem as though they were looking for a fifth starter. The misconception, though, was that the pitcher was to be a fifth-in-the-order calibre pitcher. In Dickey, Toronto is on the verge of snagging an ace.
Who will get the better end of this deal?
Although the Blue Jays have lost blue chippers Adeiny Hechavarria, Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino and now possibly Anthony Gose and Travis d'Arnaud, this is a case where they have to take risks to win games.
Not only do they have a mixed dynamic of power and speed in the batting order, but in Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero and possibly Dickey, Toronto has a chance to win every time one of those pitchers take the mound.
Assuming the team stays healthy and plays consistently, they will be tough to beat. And although the odds are already in their favor, the only thing left to do is go out and play.
-- UPDATE: December 16, 2:40 p.m. EST --
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets have come to an agreement on sending R.A. Dickey north of the border. Rosenthal adds the negotiating window is 72 hours, expiring Tuesday at 2 p.m. EST.
-- UPDATE: December 16, 9:35 a.m. EST --
- According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, it seems to be a 3-for-4 deal involving Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, John Buck and a prospect for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole and a prospect. Sherman adds that the unnamed players will not be elite prospects. Thole, a catcher, would add some versatility in the batting order with his left-handed bat. He's also caught Dickey's knuckle ball, which might play a major factor in acquiring him.
- According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, Anthony Gose is not part of the deal, and it is in fact centered around Travis d'Arnaud.