Dickey Trade to the Blue Jays is Official

by kelly on December 17, 2012

Well it’s been rumored for the past several days, but all the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. Reigning N.L. Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News tweets the long-awaited news.

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The Jays and Dickey have also agreed to a contract extension that, if an option year is picked up, could keep the knuckleballer in Toronto through 2016. The guaranteed money on Dickey’s new contract is $30 million.

Two more players are headed to the Mets from Toronto, while the Blue Jays are sending four players in return, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

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Headed to the Blue Jays along with the headliner Dickey is 26-year-old catcher Josh Thole. He has been in the big leagues since 2009 and batted .234 with 1 home run and 21 RBI for the Mets last season. He will likely back up J.P. Arencibia in Toronto. The third player in the deal going to the Blue Jays is another catcher, 29-year-old Mike Nickeas.

The Mets are receiving a guy who is considered the top catching prospect in baseball in 23-year-old Travis d’Arnaud, along with a top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard. d’Arnaud played in AAA last season and should be a chance to make it to the majors this season. Syndergaard was a first round pick in 2010 and pitched well in A-ball last season.

Former All Star catcher John Buck also heads to the Mets. The 32-year-old backstop should provide the Mets with a veteran to bridge the timing of d’Arnaud coming to the majors. Buck hit .192 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI last season for Toronto.

The fourth player headed to the Mets is 18-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Beccerra, who played rookie ball last season.

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