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After months of speculation and days of intense negotiation, one of the most dramatic trades in Mets history is official: Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays, and signed a contract extension with his new team.
The Daily News was first to report that the deal was done.
In the deal, the Mets receive one of the best catching prospects in baseball, 23-year-old Travis dâArnaud, and the Blue Jaysâ top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard. Veteran John Buck, who will actually make more money than Dickey this season, also comes to the Mets. Catchers Josh michael kors wallets on sale Thole and Mike Nickeas are headed to Toronto, and minor league outfielder Wuilmer Becerra joins the Metsâ system. No money was exchanged.
A person with knowledge of Dickeyâs agreement with Toronto told The News that the 38-year-old knuckleballer received a two-year, $25 million contract extension, for a guarantee of $30 million over three years. The source said that the Blue Jays hold a $12 million club option for 2016.
Dickey never asked for more than a three-year, $31 million guarantee from the Mets, and the team would have retained him if it had not received an offer of two top prospects. All through the winter meetings in Nashville earlier this month, general manager Sandy Alderson operated on two fronts: Negotiating with Dickeyâs agent, Michael Kors Outlet Online and discussing trades with other teams.
Early suitors included the Blue Jays, Yankees, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Brewers and Red Sox, but negotiations did not advance, and Alderson returned to New York leaning toward keeping Dickey.
âWere we not able to get the quality in return,â Alderson said on a Monday evening conference call. âI expect R.A. would have remained a Met.â
Early last week, the team indicated michael kors tote bags a willingness to increase its offer to three years, $25 million. Then, on Tuesday, Dickey rankled some team officials by answering questions about the negotiation at the team holiday party at Citi Field.
Mets people insisted that the incident did not lead the team to trade Dickey, pointing to Zack Greinkeâs signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers and James Shieldsâ trade from Tampa Bay to Kansas City as the events that precipitated the Dickey deal. Toronto, having already michael kors factory outlet traded for Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle, was in win-now mode and seeking an ace.
âWe just felt we were so close to contention, this is a deal we had to make,â Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos said on his own conference call Sunday.
The trade ended Dickeyâs remarkable rags-to-riches story in New York. Signed Michael Kors Outlet Online Store off the scrap heap by former GM Omar Minaya in December 2009, Dickey went 11-9 in 2010 and 8-13 with a 3.28 ERA in 2011. But in 2012 he became the Metsâ first 20-game winner since Frank Viola did it in 1990, and captured the teamâs first Cy Young since Doc Gooden in 1985.
His success made him a cult hero in Queens, making the trade that much more fascinating.
On his Twitter account Monday night, Dickey sent a message, saying, âNow that its official, I want to say that I donât have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support and encouragement I received from all of you. Ive always felt that there was a connection beyond the uniform. Thank you for making me feel wanted.â
The Mets do not play Toronto this season, but Citi Field will host the All-Star Game on July 15, so a Dickey return to Queens is possible.
DâArnaud suffered a season-ending knee injury last June, but passed a physical by Mets doctors. He will be in big league camp in Port St. Lucie in February, with the expectation that he will make his Mets debut at some michael kors outlet store point in the season.
âTravis is very close to the major leagues,â Alderson said. âWe view dâArnaud, and I believe the industry views Travis, as the top catching prospect in the game.â
With all due respect to an aging Johan Santana, this trade leaves the Mets without an ace, and still without a single outfielder who has demonstrated an ability to play every day in the major leagues. Alderson vowed that his offseason work is not over.
âWe do expect to do some other things,â he said. âWe do expect to acquire some other players. Weâre certainly not punting on 2013.â
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