Rumours that the Toronto Blue Jays could be close to landing knuckleballer R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets began to gather serious momentum on Friday night. Though the Jays have been showing interest in Dickey for a while — GM Alex Anthopoulos reportedly inquired into his availability during the winter meetings — numerous online reports suggested that a multi-player deal to send the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner north of the border could be ironed out as early as Saturday. Heading to New York from Toronto's roster could be 26-year-old catcher J.P. Arencibia, and 22-year-old centre fielder Anthony Gose. As a second-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, Gose currently ranks 39th among minor-league prospects. In his 56-game stint with the Jays last season, the lefty showed impressive speed and sound defence. Though the Mets reportedly have their eyes set on top Blue Jays prospect Travis d'Arnaud instead of Arencibia, it's unclear whether Anthopoulos would be willing to part with his young, promising catcher. Last month, Toronto bolstered its starting rotation when it acquired Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle in a blockbuster deal with the Miami Marlins. But adding the 38-year-old knuckleballer — who went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA in 2012, striking out 230 batters in 233 2/ 3 innings — would solidify a formidable five of Johnson, Buehrle, Dickey, Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero.
Mets' R.A. Dickey-to-Blue Jays rumours pick up steam
Toronto Sun | Dec 15