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Jays' Dickey thrilled to join team that's 'all in' to win World Series

TORONTO -- 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.

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 US$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.”

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Pitcher R.A. Dickey stands with the Toronto Blue Jays General Manager, Alex Anthopoulos, as Dickey demonstrates his knuckleball grip, following a news conference in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 8, as the baseball team introduces its newest addition to the roster. (AP)

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