• Dickey’s Ticket To Toronto Is In His Hands

    Posted by on December 16th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    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.

    Comments on Dickey’s Ticket To Toronto Is In His Hands

    1. Raf
      December 16th, 2012 | 9:00 pm

      I’d be surprised if he doesn’t take it either. I don’t think he’s a one year wonder, he has done well during his Mets career. Kinda sucks that I won’t be able to see him pitch as often as a Jay.

    2. redbug
      December 17th, 2012 | 6:36 am

      It’s true he’s better off extending now because of his age, potential injury, etc. But, that’s what Toronto is probably using in its negotiations w/ him. If they’re offering less than $25 million, he may decide to decline based on his faith in himself.

    3. December 17th, 2012 | 7:07 am

      Maybe the taxes in Canada may be an issue here – unless the Jays are going to gross those up in their offer?

    4. LMJ229
      December 17th, 2012 | 10:16 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      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.

      Not so sure he would be seen as a “fluke” – he’s put 3 pretty solid years together, it may just have taken him that long to master the knuckleball. At any rate, he is the reigning NL Cy Young winner and the Mets are offering him less than what the Yankees offered to Kuroda and about the same as what they offered to Petitte. I can see Dickey’s point about market value.

    5. Evan3457
      December 17th, 2012 | 5:00 pm

      Deal is done assuming Dickey passes the physical…no reason why he shouldn’t.

      Blue Jays just got about 3-4 games better. Again.

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