NL scout on Dickey: 'We want him and we've talked'

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Brad Mills / USA TODAY Sports

Just hours after the Toronto Blue Jays traded Ben Revere to the Washington Nationals for reliever Drew Storen, another swap could be in the works involving knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, according to Sportsnet's Jeff Blair.

"We want him and we've talked," an unnamed National League scout told Blair on Friday night.

The acquisition of Storen gives Toronto the option to stretch out Aaron Sanchez and/or Roberto Osuna as starting pitchers, possibly making Dickey expendable. Drew Hutchison and Jesse Chavez are also candidates to fill out a rotation led by Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, and J.A. Happ.

The Blue Jays picked up Dickey's $12-million option in the fall after he compiled an 11-11 record with a 3.91 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 33 starts. The 41-year-old was much better after the All-Star break, though, pitching to an 8-1 mark with a 2.80 ERA in 15 outings.

Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner, is entering his 14th big-league season, and posted the best numbers of his career while pitching for the New York Mets from 2010-2012.

YEAR W-L ERA FIP SO9
2012 20-6 2.73 3.27 8.9
2011 8-13 3.28 3.77 4.6
2010 11-9 2.84 3.65 5.4

Toronto acquired Dickey in a seven-player deal that sent catcher Travis d'Arnaud and right-hander Noah Syndergaard to New York on Dec. 16, 2012.