The long-rumored deal that would send 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets to Toronto is finally complete.

Toronto officially acquired Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and Minor League catcher Mike Nickeas in the seven-player trade that was announced Monday evening. The Mets received top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud, right-hander Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck and Minor Leaguer Wuilmer Becerra.

The two teams came to terms over the weekend, but the deal was contingent on the Blue Jays and Dickey being able to agree to an extension. That happened Monday morning, when Toronto tore up the final year of Dickey's contract and signed him to a three-year contract valued at $29 million plus a club option worth $12 million in 2016.

"Now that it's official, I want to say that I don't have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support and encouragement I received from all of you," Dickey wrote in a message to fans on Twitter. "I've always felt that there was a connection beyond the uniform.Thank you for making me feel wanted."

"Now that it's official, I want to say that I don't have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support and encouragement I received from all of you," Dickey wrote in a message to fans on Twitter. "I've always felt that there was a connection beyond the uniform. Thank you for making me feel wanted."

Rumors surrounding the Blue Jays' interest in Dickey date back to the Winter Meetings, but really began to pick up steam Friday morning. That's when reports first began to surface that Toronto was willing to part with d'Arnaud, who previously had been viewed as being off limits.

Those rumours continued to swirl and the framework of the deal was leaked late Saturday night. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos prefers to operate in the shadows but in this situation, he was forced to operate under the public spotlight as the merits of the trade were constantly debated all over social media.

The acquisition of Dickey continues a complete rebranding of the Blue Jays this offseason. Toronto, which is coming off a disappointing 73-89 season, recently made it a top priority to acquire a pair of front-line starting pitchers in order to become relevant in the American League East for the first time since 1993.

Not only did Anthopoulos achieve his goal, but he has now officially surpassed it. Dickey will join fellow recent recruits Josh Johnson and veteran Mark Buehrle, along with incumbents Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero, to form one of the best rotations in baseball -- at least on paper.