Yesterday Mets fans were made aware that R.A Dickey’s tenure as a New York Met was likely over as the team had an agreement in place to trade the reigning NL Cy Young award winner and his battery mate, Josh Thole, to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, right hander Noah Syndergaard, and John Buck.
The only thing holding up the deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, was Dickey and Toronto coming to terms on a contract extension beyond 2012. Today, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the deal could be announced as early as tonight:
The delay in making the announcement was that the going-for-it-now Jays were given 72 hours to reach agreement on an extension, with the knuckleballing 38-year-old Cy Young Award winner. That negotiating window closes at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal who was the first to report that the specifics of the deal had been agreed to, on Saturday afternoon.
Sources report they likely will not need the deadline.
As reflected in his hands-on style, Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos prefers to meet players face-to-face whenever an important crossroads arrives. Anthopoulos is believed to have met with Dickey at his home. Reportedly, the Jays have been able to agree on the extension with Dickey, likely for more than the $26 million, two years, he had been seeking from the Mets, but still a bargain for three years compared to recent free agents Anibal Sanchez, Zack Greinke and, assuming Dickey’s higher expected return, than Ryan Dempster.”
Others have now confirmed that the extension hurdle has been overcome and is reportedly worth $25 million over 2 years (2013 and 2014). Now it’s just a matter of R.A. passing a physical in Toronto.
To read more about the prospects the Mets received and some of the reactions from ‘industry insiders’ (whatever that means), be sure to check out our post from yesterday by clicking here.
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