The Toronto Blue Jays have jumped to the top of the MLB Futures after securing a deal with the New York Mets for Cy Young award-winning pitcher, R.A. Dickey.
The Jays made the jump from 12-1 to lift the World Series ahead of the deal to 15-2 following Dickey’s arrival.
The move sees the Blue Jays pass the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as favorites to take the 2013 World Series. The Angels had moved to the top of the pile following last week’s Josh Hamilton signing.
Dickey arrives in the Queen City alongside catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. Toronto sends recently-acquired catcher John Buck to Flushing Meadows, alongside prospects Travis d’Arnaud (C), Noah Syndergaard (RHP), and Wuilmer Becerra (OF).
Dickey signed a two-year extension with the Mets before being traded north of the border. That deal will see the veteran through to the end of the 2015 season, and is believed to be worth approximately $25 million. Dickey will have a player option in 2016.
Dickey had the best year of his career this past season, winning 20 games on his way to the National League’s Cy Young award.
The righty knuckleballer had career highs in wins (20), starts (33), innings pitched (233.2), complete games (5), shutouts (3), batters faced (927), and strikeouts (230).
Dickey compiled a 2.73 ERA – the second best of his career – giving up 192 hits, 71 earned runs, 24 home runs, and 54 walks. He was one of the only bright spots in the Mets’ lineup for much of the season.
Dickey will join a rotation that currently looks to include Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, and Ricky Romero.
The offseason move comes just one month after an audacious trade with Miami saw the Blue Jays acquire Buehrle and Johnson, alongside Jose Reyes (SS), Emilio Bonficacio (IF/OF), and Buck from the Marlins.
Buck will not have the opportunity to wear the Blue Jays uniform. Instead he will return to the NL East to join the Mets.
The Marlins’ hopes of a winning season took a huge hit following that trade. The side currently sits at 100/1 to win the 2013 World Series, above only the American League bound Houston Astros.
Following Dickey’s departure, the Mets are not expected to contend either. Current odds have the New York side at 75/1 to win it all next year.
Toronto meanwhile is favored to take the AL East at 3/2, ahead of the Yankees (19/10), Tampa Bay (5/1), Boston (11/2), and Baltimore (10/1). The Blue Jays’ moves this season have certainly made the division race look even more interesting than last season, which was the best race in a very long time
Baseball in Brief…
- The Yankees have signed outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to a two-year contract. Suzuki arrived in the Bronx midway through last season, and will most likely replace free agent Nick Swisher in right field.
- The Angels have sent designated hitter Kendrys Morales to Seattle in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jason Vargos. Vargos will fill one of the spots vacated by Zach Greinke (signed with the Dodgers), Dan Haren (signed with Washington) and Ervin Santana (traded to Kansas City). Morales became surplus to requirements following Josh Hamilton’s arrival last season.
- Boston has signed free agent RHP Ryan Dempster to a two-year deal reported to be worth $26.5 million. Dempster split 2012 between the Cubs and Rangers, going 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA.
Current Odds to Win 2013 World Series
LA Angels (17/2)
LA Dodgers (17/2)
NY Yankees (14/1)
San Francisco (16/1)
Tampa Bay (22/1)
St. Louis (25/1)
Chicago White Sox (40/1)
Kansas City (50/1)
NY Mets (75/1)
San Diego (75/1)
Chicago Cubs (100/1)