(NEW YORK) — The Blue Jays are proving they are for real in 2013. The team added this year’s National League Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey on Monday, after Dickey agreed on a two-year $25 million extension, according to ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney. The deal will be complete, pending a physical.
Dickey will be the featured piece headed to Toronto and in exchange the Mets will receive top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and right-hander Noah Syndergaard. Both sides have also swapped catchers, Josh Thole will make his way to Toronto and John Buck will head to Queens.
Dickey will also receive some money in 2013 to his already existing $5 million contract to offset the tax difference in Toronto.
Dickey was the first Cy Young award winner in more than 25 years for the Mets. The last to bring home a Cy Young was Dwight Gooden in 1984. The Mets are rebuilding for the future and are hoping the 23-year-old d’Arnaud will be a part of it.
The knuckle-baller will join a pitching rotation of Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, who have also come over in trades.
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