R.A. Dickey will join Toronto as the centerpiece of a multiplayer trade with the New York Mets provided the National League’s Cy Young Award winner agrees to a contract extension with the Blue Jays, Fox Sports said.
The Mets and Blue Jays agreed in principle to the trade and have a negotiating window that closes at 2 p.m. New York time tomorrow, Fox Sports reported, citing unidentified Major League Baseball officials. Dickey is under contract for $5 million next season and has been seeking a two-year contract extension worth about $25 million, Fox Sports said.
The Mets have agreed to send Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and a minor-league prospect to the Blue Jays for catchers Travis D’Arnaud and John Buck, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard and a minor leaguer, according to the New York Post. Dickey, 38, had a 20-6 record with a 2.73 earned run average for the Mets last season, becoming the first knuckleballer in major league history to win a Cy Young award as his league’s best pitcher.
The trade would be the latest major move for Toronto, which in November acquired shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle from the Miami Marlins. The Blue Jays also added free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, an All-Star who batted .346 last season for the San Francisco Giants before being suspended for a drug violation.
Dickey has a 39-28 record with a 2.95 ERA in three seasons with the Mets after going 22-28 with a 5.43 ERA over his first seven years in the majors. He’d join a Toronto starting pitching rotation that features Johnson, Buehrle, Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero.
D’Arnaud and Syndergaard are former first-round draft picks regarded as Toronto’s top two prospects, Fox Sports said. D’Arnaud, 23, would fill the Mets’ need for a long-term catcher, while Syndergaard, 20, would join New York’s group of top pitching prospects that includes right-handers Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey.
It’s not known if the trade would fall apart if Dickey isn’t able to reach an extension with the Blue Jays, or if the teams would incorporate different players into the deal, Fox Sports said.
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