Reigning Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey looks to be leaving Flushing Meadows and heading north this winter to the Toronto Blue Jays if they agree on an extension, according to Fox Sports. In what has already been an exciting offseason filled with blockbuster trades and big free-agent signings, Toronto's acquisition of the knuckleballer definitely adds to a completely revamped Blue Jay team.
Though Dickey is coming off of a stellar season with the Mets, he's no spring chicken and will be starting the 2013 season at the age of 38. Not that Dickey won't return to form in a heavy-hitting American League East, but the Mets will be adding two solid prospects (with another prospect to be named later) and a reliable veteran catcher in John Buck to a team that saw a drastic payroll cut in 2012.
Though this trade may not immediately bring the Mets out of obscurity, it certainly will add some key components to a team looking to rebuild and re-establish themselves as a threat in the National League East.
Let's take a look at a few ways this trade will benefit the Mets and should make their fans excited for the future of the ball club.