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Mets and Blue Jays agree “in principle” on seven-player trade involving knuckleballer R.A. Dickey

Dec 16, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

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We’re finally nearing the finish line, folks.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mets and Blue Jays have agreed “in principle” on a seven-player trade that will send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and a (non-elite) prospect to Toronto in exchange for catcher Travis d’Arnaud, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck and a (non-elite) prospect.

The only hold-up at this point is a 72-hour negotiating window which the Blue Jays will use to attempt to work out a contract extension with their new ace.

That negotiating window expires on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET.

Dickey, who’s owed just $5 million in 2013, posted a 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 230/54 K/BB ratio in 233 2/3 innings this summer for New York en route to capturing Cy Young Award honors in the National League.

Syndergaard and d’Arnaud ranked third and first, respectively, on Baseball America‘s most recent listing of the Blue Jays’ Top 10 prospects. They should be great pieces to build around for the Metropolitans.

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  1. chill1184 - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Sucks to see Dickey go but when you have to rebuild and you have an asset that can net you a good haul one has to pull the trigger. Likeable players is nice and all but the reason one is in sports management is to win the big prize and sometimes in order to improve the team the most likeable guy needs to go in order to bring in some talent. Obviously prospects can flame out since no one can predict the future (at least not yet). One thing is for certain, on paper the AL East is going to be one hell of a fight with all these great pitching staffs.

  2. mrhojorisin - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Gotta say, I had my doubts, but if this deal goes through, Sandy deserves a ton of credit for playing this situation perfectly to the Mets’ maximum benefit.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:24 AM

      Prospect porn can be addictive. I wish the kids well.

      Both sides did what they had to do. Well before the trade talks became public, it was obvious that these 2 teams had what the other team needed.

  3. vanindeed - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    OK (ok) BLUE JAYS (blue jays) LETS (lets) PLAY (play) Ball!

  4. giantschamps - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Dickey has had one good year. Jays are going to lose out on this deal.

    • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM

      Do you not watch baseball? Its 3 good years running. ERA 2.95, 615.5 innings, 460 SO against 150 walks. He’s been a horse.

  5. buffalo65 - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Rasmus has the most upside by a ton, Boneface can play anywhere and is a better hitter than Davis, (getting better every year), and Davis is by FAR the worst defensive OF of the three.
    I’d try Boneface at 2b, Rasmus has to start and Davis is a huge asset off the bench.
    Go Jays

  6. buffalo65 - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    I realize you planned on starting 4 OF with nobody at 2b but I questioned how that would work out. Lol
    As long as they win I could care less who starts.

  7. jaybird22seven - Dec 17, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Blue Jays
    Rays
    Red Sox
    Yankees
    Orioles

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      Rays
      Jays
      Yankees
      O’s
      Red Sox
      And the amazing part about this? All teams will finish .500 or better

    • chill1184 - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      I dont see the Orioles being a one year fluke

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