Via Ken Rosenthal -
If R.A. Dickey agrees to a contract extension, he will be a Toronto Blue Jay.
The Jays and New York Mets have an agreement in principle on a Dickey trade, but the deal is contingent on the right-hander signing an extension with Toronto, according to major-league sources.
The two clubs opened a 72-hour negotiating window on Saturday, and the window expires at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, sources said.
Dickey, the reigning National League Cy Young award winner, is signed for $5 million next season. He was seeking a two-year extension in the $25 million range from the Mets. It is not known whether he would accept similar terms from the Jays, or ask for a deal closer to market value.
It is also not known whether the deal would collapse if Dickey declined to sign an extension, or if the teams would agree to a different exchange of players.
The trade, according to the New York Post, would send Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and a non-elite prospect to the Jays, with the Mets receiving catcher Travis D’Arnaud, right-hander Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck and another non-elite prospect.
I think the use of the word “elite” in sports has been officially played by now, no?
There’s no way Dickey doesn’t take an extension. He’s never made any money before. And, he’s old. He cannot risk not taking the extension and then having a poor season and/or an injury in 2013. Because, if he does poorly next season, then he’s cooked his chances on a huge payday on the free agent market. People will see him as a fluke. It’s in the best interests of his family to take an offer now – as long as it’s fair.