New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Mets are reportedly working on a trade that will send NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays.
According to a source familiar with the situation, the Mets are just waiting for the Blue Jays to include 23-year-old catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud in the mix for the deal to be completed.
“The catcher will have to be in the deal if it is to get done,” the source said.
Two baseball sources also divulged that the 38-year-old knuckleballer has not yet engaged Toronto in extension talks, nor has he been asked to undergo a physical.
Another executive said that the full framework of a deal with Toronto has not been reached as another team approached the Mets inquiring about Dickey.
Dickey, who has one year remaining with the Mets worth $5 million, has been asking for an extension from the Mets but the two sides were approximately $6 million apart.
Sources said Dickey sought two additional years at a combined $26 million to $28 million from the Mets on top of the existing money he owed in 2013. The Mets had countered at two years and $20 million.
If the trade will materialize, Dickey would become only the fourth reigning Cy Young Award winner in major league history to start the following season with a new team via trade, joining David Cone (1995), Pedro Martinez (1998) and Roger Clemens (1999).
Three other reigning Cy Young winners — Catfish Hunter (1975), Mark Davis (1990), Greg Maddux (1993) — switched teams for the following season as free agents.
Earlier, Dickey expressed his frustration with the pace of negotiations with the Mets, saying that he will turn free agent if he plays next year under his current deal.