The New York Mets and Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey are $6 million apart on a contract and instead of forking over less than $10 million, the Mets are nearing a trade agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays that would flip the knuckleballer for a package of prospects.
There are a few things holding up this trade, but at the moment it’s looking like before football is done tomorrow, Dickey will be north of the boarder and in Toronto.
One of the things holding up the trade involves the moving parts heading to New York. The Mets rejected a package that included Anthony Gose and J.P. Arencibia as centerpieces. Instead, New York and Toronto are settling on top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud being the centerpiece with other players to follow him to the Big Apple.
So both sides agree d’arnaud can be centerpiece. Trying to finalize last piece.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 15, 2012
The rest is just a matter of determining which players will be traded along with d”Arnaud and who will be moving with Dickey to Toronto. Reports have indicated that seven players are involved in the deal; four players including Travis d’Arnaud heading to the Mets, three players including Dickey and catcher Josh Thole moving to Toronto.
The second thing holding is Dickey getting a long term deal with the Blue Jays. Earlier this morning there was no indication that Dickey had made contact with the Blue Jays to talk about a contract, but it is possible that he has taken a physical. Unnamed medical reports were sent and reviewed by both teams.
Source: Mets-Jays inching toward finish line. At least some players’ medicals have been reviewed and OK’d. At this point, it’s imminent.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 15, 2012
The bottom line is that this trade is happening and it’s happening soon. Not only will it mean a fourth Cy Young winner will be starting his follow up season in a new uniform, it will be the second time in 20 years that the Blue Jays have acquired a Cy Young winner in their follow up season (the Blue Jays acquired David Cone in 1995).
But more than that, the Blue Jays have seismically shifted the power in the A.L. East after making a mega trade last month to acquire Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes. Next season, the Blue Jays could have a lineup that has Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes, Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera as well as a rotation of Johnson, Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, J.A. Happ and R.A. Dickey.