Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos doesn't usually like his business to be aired out publicly before anything is finalized.
This is why there was still some cause for skepticism among Blue Jays fans as to whether the R.A. Dickey-to-Toronto rumors carried any validity.
After all, rumors were running rampant, with insiders tweeting updates left, right and center.
Now, the well-respected and well-connected Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has tweeted that the deal is all but done. According to Rosenthal, the teams have agreed in principle on the players and prospects involved in what would be Toronto's second blockbuster of the young 2012-13 offseason. The last detail that needs to be finalized is an extension for R.A. Dickey with the Jays:
With the Jays already possessing a potent and incredibly dangerous lineup, Dickey would solidify the starting rotation, giving Toronto one of the most talented rotations in all of baseball.
In fact, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Ricky Romero and R.A. Dickey have all been selected as All-Stars at some point in their careers, and last season Brandon Morrow proved, when healthy, he is also an All-Star caliber starter.
While some may not like the rumored price the Jays may need to pay to bring in Dickey, they won't be losing any of their current major league players and will be bringing in a Cy Young Award winner. A Cy Young Award winner who has been absolutely unstoppable since he picked up the knuckleball as his primary pitch, no less.
Over the last three seasons, Dickey has posted a 39-28 record with a lackluster Mets team, and has put up ERAs of 2.84, 3.28 and 2.73.
Between 2011 and 2012, Dickey threw for over 240 innings; and since 2010 has not posted a WHIP above 1.23.
He's shown he can be effective with the knuckle ball and win games.
Are there still some concerns with trading for him?
Of course. I've been one of the more vocal critics of acquiring Dickey.
It's Anthopoulos' job, however, to turn this team into a winner, and for him, bringing in R.A. Dickey to bolster Toronto's starting rotation may give the Jays the best opportunity to do just that.
It's a big gamble, but if the Jays can win in the two or three years they have with this roster in tact, it will be well worth it.