R.A. Dickey: Mets and Blue Jays Reportedly Agree in Principle to Trade

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

After being talked about for the last 24 hours, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays have agreed in principle to a trade that will send 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto if the two sides can agree to a contract extension. 

Sources: #Mets, #BlueJays have agreement in principle on Dickey trade. Window open for Jays to extend Dickey, which would complete deal.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2012

Negotiating window for Dickey extension is 72 hours, expiring Tuesday at 2 pm ET. #Mets #BlueJays

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2012

UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 11:41 a.m. ET

R.A. Dickey has reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Source: Dickey in agreement with #BlueJays on two-year, $25 million extension that he had requested from #Mets, pending physical.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 11:23 a.m. ET

Toronto Star's Richard Griffin has the latest on the deal:

A horsehide cone of silence had seemed to descend over final day of negotiations between the Blue Jays and their highly-coveted Mets' righthander R.A. Dickey, as the two sides struggled to reach agreement on a two-year extension that would then make official a seven-player trade that had been rumoured between the two clubs since Friday. It is believed the blockbuster, multi-player trade will be announced as early as Monday night...

...Sources are now saying that negotiations with Dickey have ended successfully at an affordable rate and that the next step before an announcement can be made is for Jays' medical staff to examine the righthander at their spring training headquarters in Florida.

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On Sunday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that the deal included seven players between the two teams, with the Mets receiving catcher Travis d’Arnaud and pitcher Noah Syndergaard in return for Dickey.

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.

The Blue Jays are banking a lot on the next two or three seasons. If you include their trade with Miami earlier this offseason, which landed them Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, they have traded four of their top six prospects (d’Arnaud, Syndergaard, Justin Nicolino and Jake Marisnick) to win now.

Considering that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox look to be going through a bit of a down period—which is a relative term, because they will both still be good—the Blue Jays see a golden opportunity and are using their considerable minor league resources to take advantage of it.

The Mets are making a smart business and baseball decision. Even though knuckleballers don’t age like typical pitchers and Dickey was very popular with the crowd, they needed to add more impact talent to their farm system to open their window of contention sooner rather than later.

D’Arnaud just has to prove he can stay healthy, because he was ready to come up to the big leagues last season before a knee injury ended those hopes.

Syndergaard will be at worst a dominant, late-inning reliever, and at best a No. 2 starter. He has a long way to go before getting there, having spent all of last season in low Class-A, but his ceiling is tremendous.

We'll see how the negotiations between Dickey and the Blue Jays progress over the next 72 hours and will keep you updated when more information becomes available.