The Mets and Blue Jays are close to agreeing on a trade that would include Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey, according to major league sources in a FoxSports.com report by Jon Paul Morosi.
The names of Jays players headed to the Mets have not been finalized, but Morosi reports Toronto outfielder Anthony Gose is likely to be included, as well as one of the Jays’ catchers, J.P. Arencibia or Travis d’Arnaud. Gose, who batted .223 with with 1 home run and 11 RBI in 166 at-bats and 56 games for the Jays in 2012, has been projected to split time with Rajai Davis in left field or start the 2013 season at Triple-A Buffalo.
Dickey, 38, is under contract with the Mets through the 2013 season, but has expressed his desire for an extension. It’s not known if the Jays will be allowed to discuss an extension with Dickey as a condition of the trade.
Dickey became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award after finishing 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 2012. He is 39-28 with a 2.95 ERA in the past three seasons, averaging 205 2/3 innings.
Dickey would be yet another big-name off-season addition to the Jays’ starting pitching rotation, after the team traded for Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson of the Marlins last month.
Dickey’s presence in the rotation could free up the Jays to shift left-hander J.A. Happ to their bullpen. The Jays acquired Happ from the Astros in a trade in July.