User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Dickey thrilled to join team that's 'all in'

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

TORONTO (AP) - New Toronto ace R.A. Dickey said Tuesday he's thrilled to join a team that's ``all in'' to win the World Series and thankful the New York Mets did not meet his contract demands.

Advertisement
The Blue Jays formally introduced Dickey at Rogers Centre after acquiring the National League Cy Young Award winner from the Mets last month.

Dickey said the Mets helped him cultivate his knuckleball and said there is no acrimony between him and his former team, but he's glad to be moving on.

He said Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos is doing everything to win now after also acquiring All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle from Miami. Dickey said if Toronto doesn't win it won't be because Anthopoulos didn't try.

``You can see that he's all in, the moves that he made,'' Dickey said. ``If we don't win, it won't be because of him.''

Anthopoulos, having a busy offseason, agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract with the 38-year-old knuckleballer after being given a 72 hour window to work out a contract as part of the trade. Dickey said even before he agreed to the terms he knew he would sign with Toronto because of all they had done.

``I immediately knew that we should be very competitive,'' Dickey said. ``I'm hoping to play 10 more years, but this could also be my last contract. And when you see that, you want to win.''

Dickey said he's looking forward to calling himself a Canadian for six months a year and reinivorgating a team that hasn't reached the playoffs since winning back-to-back World Series in 1992 and `93.

``I think this can be a special few years for this city, this country and the players,'' he said. ``I remember the glory days with Joe Carter hitting the home run against Mitch Williams.''

After going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and leading the NL with 230 strikeouts, Dickey was scheduled to earn $5.25 million next year with the Mets. At first they offered a deal adding $14 million over two years. New York later increased its offer to an additional $20 million over two years, still short of what Dickey wanted.

``I even told him this when I met him, I didn't think he got the respect he deserved,'' Anthopoulos said.

Anthopoulos said too many have overlooked Dickey's last three solid seasons. He even thinks Dickey can improve on his Cy Young season as he continues to work on mastering the knuckleball.

Dickey languished in the minors for 14 seasons and switched from conventional pitcher to full-time knuckleballer in a last-ditch effort to save his career. It took him years to finally master the floating, darting pitch, which he often throws harder (around 80 mph) and with more precision than almost anyone who used it before him.''

``The first time I really felt I could be consistent with it was late 2009,'' Dickey said. ``I still have more to learn. I'm still hungry and passionate about my craft.''

Anthopoulos called it an ``expensive'' trade because they gave up a lot of young talent, including top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud and minor league right-hander Noah Syndergaard, but said you don't often get a chance to acquire a Cy Young award winner.

``Guys like this don't come around very often and they don't get traded very often,'' Anthopoulos said.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Angels rally to edge A's in extras
Twins pull away from Royals in 10
O's beat Rays to stretch division lead
Minor tosses gem, Braves top Mets
Giants take care of Rockies, 4-1
Hamilton, Reds cruise past Cubs 7-2
Tigers edge Yankees, 'under' connects
Mets put Murphy on DL with calf strain
Yankees' Tanaka throws simulated game
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
6-0 +625 L3 Days, 20-6 G-Plays
5-2 L7, 18-6 Run, 24-9 G-Plays
23-11, +1,550 L34, +3,811 TY
16-6 L22 G-Plays, +3,417 TY
14-4 L18, 21-6 +1,665 This Month
12-5 L17 G-Plays, 17-8 +1,057 Run
7-4 +353 L11, +2,333 This Year
9-4 L13 Guaranteed Plays
8-3 L11 G-Plays, 16-8 L24 Picks
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - MLB Playoffs
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 7666
Kevin Rogers + 3811
Doc's Sports + 3417
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 2343
Dave Cokin + 2094
Kevin Rogers + 2047
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2368
Tony Stoffo + 1760
Joe Williams + 853
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 2204
Kyle Hunter + 1760
Antony Dinero + 1410
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2398
Kevin Rogers + 1879
Doc's Sports + 1473
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 3078
Kevin Rogers + 1906
Doc's Sports + 1035
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!