The New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays could be closer to striking a deal that would send 2012 National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays. The two sides have reportedly added more names to a potential trade, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post:
As first reported by The Post, the Mets were close to a seven-player deal with the Blue Jays, according to sources, that would send the NL Cy Young Award winner to Toronto for stud catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud. In addition, the Mets would send catcher Josh Thole and a non-elite prospect to the Blue Jays for their top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck and another non-elite prospect.
UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 1:40 p.m. ET
Sources speaking to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports say that there is an agreement in place between the Mets and Blue Jays that would send Dickey to Toronto.
It will be interesting to see, if the deal goes down, how long the Blue Jays decide to extend Dickey for. They are going all-in right now, so it doesn't make sense for the two sides to get this far and not finish the deal.
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While Mets fans may not want to hear this, that would be a great value trade for the team.
Dickey is only signed through 2013, and based on the way negotiations have been going between the two sides, an extension does not seem likely. Considering that Dickey is 38, he does not have a lot of prime years left in him, even if he is a knuckleballer.
The Mets have a golden opportunity to cash in while his value is at its peak.
Prospects are always risky, but getting an elite prospect at one of the most important positions on the field like Travis d'Arnaud and a pitcher with a huge ceiling in Noah Syndergaard is exactly what this franchise needs to put around its already-strong nucleus of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.
For the Blue Jays, they would be giving up a lot for a player only under control for one more season, but it is clear that they see their window in the American League East open and are ready to run right through it.
If the deal does happen, Dickey would slide right into a rotation that also features Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero.
If Johnson and Morrow can stay healthy all season, the sky is the limit for what this team can accomplish in 2013.