R.A. Dickey Reportedly Reaches Extension with Toronto Blue Jays

George HalimCorrespondent IIDecember 17, 2012

R.A. Dickey will be a Blue Jay in 2013, and although it may have cost prospects, it could lead to much more in Toronto.
R.A. Dickey will be a Blue Jay in 2013, and although it may have cost prospects, it could lead to much more in Toronto.Denis Poroy/Getty Images

R.A. Dickey was in the driver's seat when it came to contract talks with Alex Anthopoulos and the Toronto Blue Jays.

For a man who's never been through such a luxurious offseason, this trade has a chance to blow up at any given time. 

The National League Cy Young winner is under contract for one more year for about $5 million. So since the trade is reportedly completed, the Blue Jays essentially treated Dickey like a free agent.

With that, they came to an agreement on two years, $25 million, pending Dickey passing a physical, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Although there's been talk about Dickey, his knuckleball and when that relationship grew, it's all irrelevant information when dealing with a man who had a record of 20-6 and a 2.73 ERA.

The guy can pitch, plain and simple, and regardless of what his go-to pitch is, he still struck out more guys than the over-priced Zack Greinke, who only managed to fan 200 batters, crack a 3.48 ERA and get roughly $160 million for it.

Yes Greinke is young and has a rocket for an arm, but there's a reason he didn't even place in the top 10 in American League Cy Young voting in 2012.

If Torontonians are going to complain about the bargain they're getting with Dickey, keep in mind the following statistics:

Last season was Dickey's best, not because he "perfected the knuckler", but because he managed to have it hit 80 MPH, very unusual for a pitch with so little movement.

Consequently, his WAR was 5.6 and 82 percent of his starts were quality starts (ML average was 49 percent).

Not to mention his SO%, XBH% and most every other stat was better than the league average.

Although financially Dickey isn't looking for as much as the last Cy Younger, the Blue Jays are sending back their top catching prospect in Travis d'Arnaud and one of their top young arms in Noah Syndergaard.

At first glance it looks absurd, but logically, take a step back and think about it.

Championships are not won by rookie prospects and pitchers expected to make an impact in the future. They're won by established veterans who need no ranking to prove how good they are or will be.

In a few years, it's possible d'Arnaud and Syndergaard will flourish while Dickey became nothing more than a one-year-wonder. It might even happen the other way around.

But when Alex Anthopoulos is at the doorstep of acquiring the NL's top pitcher in 2012, there should be no doubt that he will give everything he's got.

If that worries you, take a peek into the Blue Jays farm system, and you'll notice there are still a plethora of top prospects waiting to get to the big league level.

That's what makes the Dickey trade so much better: the fact that Toronto gave up prospects, but is still left with ample product for the future.