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Blue Jays, Dickey knuckle down

Deal contingent on extension agreement

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TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have a trade in place to acquire National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets, according to a report from FOXSports.com.

Citing major league sources, the website reported Sunday that the deal is contingent on the Blue Jays and the knuckleballer coming to an agreement on a contract extension. The two sides reportedly have a 72-hour negotiation window that expires at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Dickey, a 38-year-old right-hander, is signed for US$5 million next season but is seeking an extension thought to be worth $25 million over two years.

The New York Post reports that the Mets would also send catcher Josh Thole and a non-elite prospect to the Jays in exchange for catchers Travis D'Arnaud and John Buck, right-hander Noah Syndergaard and another non-elite prospect.

The 23-year-old D'Arnaud is viewed as the Jays' No. 1 prospect, while the 20-year-old Syndergaard is ranked No. 3.

Dickey, who went 20-6 with a 2.73 earned-run average for the Mets in 2012, is coming off a season in which he led the NL in strikeouts (230), ERA, innings (233 2/3), complete games (five) and shutouts (three).

Despite battling an abdominal injury, Dickey became the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990 and the first major leaguer in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters.

He was cut by the Mets in spring training in 2011 but worked his way to New York and earned a spot in the rotation by the end of the season.

Dickey languished in the minors for 14 years before finally perfecting the perplexing knuckleball that's made him a star.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 17, 2012 C2

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