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Report: Dickey, Blue Jays agree to an extension, trade to be finalized today

Dec 17, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the extension is two-years and $25 million, which is what he wanted from the Mets.

11:29 AMRichard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the R.A. Dickey trade — which was awaiting Dickey’s agreement to an extension with Toronto — is gonna go down:

Sources are now saying that negotiations with Dickey have ended successfully at an affordable rate and that the next step before an announcement can be made is for Jays’ medical staff to examine the righthander at their spring training headquarters in Florida.

The sides have until 2pm tomorrow to make it happen, but Griffin says that time “won’t be necessary” and that the deal could be announced this evening.

  1. dowhatifeellike - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Toronto is killing it this offseason. Looks like my Orioles will be fighting the Sox for third place.

    • American of African Descent - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      “Looks like my Orioles will be fighting the Sox for fourth place.”

      Fixed that for you.

      • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        Livingston! Is that you?

      • dowhatifeellike - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        Are you suggesting the Rays will be better this year? They won’t. If you trade pitching for prospects, you’re gonna have a bad time (at least in the short-term).

      • dcfan4life - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Theres a strong case that all 5 teams in this division could be at least around 500 and above. Thats pretty remarkable in itself.

      • American of African Descent - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        The Rays may have taken a step back by trading Shields, although I still believe their starting pitching is deep enough to be competitive for the entire year. The Orioles won’t be nearly as good in 1 run games as they were this year, though. The Blue Jays have thrown down the gauntlet, and the Yankees will still be very competitive.

        (Can someone please explain the Livingston comment — it went over my head.)

    • husky2score - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Woah woah woah. My man, how can you already be giving up? 14 years in the basement and when we finally become relevant, you say this? We haven’t even been through a single spring training game/practice! I’ve said it before. Teams that get all these top dudes finish below expectations. Examples…

      – 2012-2013 Lakers
      – 2 years ago Angels
      – Last year Marlins
      – Miami Heat 2 years ago

      You get the point. Just keep believing man. When the season starts you will see.

      As for American of African Descent…
      Child, PLEASE!

  2. cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    This coming season is going to be chock FULL of fun, eh? The Beav & Dickey seem made for each other. The rest of the rotation is not chicken feed either. There’s hitting up and down the lineup. The manager will definitely have his head in THIS job. The rest of the division hasn’t done that much (yet) to get better. 2 more months to find out if it all comes together. Can’t wait.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      Well, you were right, and I was wrong. Congratulations.

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        My boys haven’t won anything yet, so not so fast with the congratulations. Also, last time I looked the best team in the AL was a group of goons known as “The Tigers”. This is a paper argument so far. A really GOOD paper argument but no fact to back it up. Yet. Lets re-visit this in 3 months. By then we should have some idea if this all shakes out the way I hope.

        In the meantime, I’m working on my Dicky/Beaver one liners. Better stand clear.

      • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        I’m not standing clear no way. I’ll see your Dickey-Beaver one liner and raise you a Dickey-Beaver one liner.

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        It. Is. ON.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        I meant you were right about landing Dickey, not that you have a hope of beating us. Better up those shrine offerings now. Do you realize there will be wagers involving the ingestion of bread pudding? I await your Dickeyed Beavers, Sir.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        Dickey and the bush pilots are planning to nail the upcoming season.

    • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Um – you’re forgetting that team across the bridge from Windsor, aren’t you? I hope you don’t think they’re not going to be an issue.

      • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        Uh – WordPress screwed up again – the above was an answer to jaybird’s post below.

        Yean, Dickey will thrive in Toronto – personally as well as professionally.

        It’s odd, though, that the team I grew up rooting for, and the home team I keep trying to root for now, are both being run by the worst ownerships left in baseball – the Scrooge McLoria crime family and the Wilpoon Weltschmerzes, each so awful in its own unique way. It’s got so I can’t tell my karma from theirs anymore. Wow, that past life must have been a doozy.

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        Any plans on joining me in open fanboy admiration for all things Beaver? C’mon, we’ll have fun. I’ll do the crass Beaver/Dickey puns (they pretty much write themselves) and you can do paragraph long sentences on the beauty of Beaver Winning. If the world unfolds like it should you can comment, for the first time in many a year, how far ABOVE the Strange Attractor the team you are writing about is.

      • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        Yeah, why not? I mean, it isn’t like I’ve got anything to root for here, except for the Iron Giant, and he’s got a “westward ho!” sign on him you can only see if either (a) you’ve got a pair of those glasses from They Live or (b) you’ve seen enough of the Scrooge McLoria crime family in action to have added a new definition of “inevitability” to Webster’s.

        You’re right, of course, about this team so far being mainly exciting on paper.

        Then again, as a semi-retired lit prof, I’ve spent most of my protracted adolescence conditioning myself to get excited by what’s on paper. What the hell. Let ‘er rip.

    • indaburg - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      This season is going to be fun. I love it when my boys beat teams that on paper are much better than they are. You know, all that anticipation and pressure can make a team crumble like a cookie.

      Tigers the best team in the AL? Quit kissing ‘philliac’s butt. They’re very good, but I don’t know about being “the best.” They do have the advantage of playing the majority of their games against weak division foes.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        Hey, hey, hey! What’s w/ the block on the butt kissing? Also, V-Mart….and Torii…ahhhhhh

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        Well, I cop to the sucking up, but only slightly. Since we are talking about FACT here, the only facts we have to go on is that the AL Champs were a certain Detroit Tigers. Hence they are the best till someone comes along and proves other wise. All else is a paper debate.

      • indaburg - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        Since we’re talking FACTS, it is a FACT that the Tigers had the 6th best record in the AL, far from the best. Over a 162 game season, they were hardly the best. The Tigers would have finished in 4th place in the AL Beast AND the AL West (hmmm… we need a nickname for the AL West. They’re getting mighty powerful out there). The post-season is a different animal. Any team can get hot in the post-season and then proceed to choke in the World Series.

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        Champs are the champs. Winner = the best. All else is playing for a record not the title. Its like breaking the speed record in a heat but losing the gold medal to the guy who was sixth fastest. The winner of the of the gold medal round is the best. Right now that’s The Tigers, but hey if you wanna barrack for the Yankees, well its your soul and all, but man, that’s . . . harsh.

        And the AL West? Its the AL We$$t

      • indaburg - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Exactly. Winner = the best. The team with the highest number in the WIN column over a season is the best. Not the best on paper, not the best theoretically, but the unequivocal, certifiable best. A 162 game sample size tells you a lot more about a team’s ability than a 20 game (at most) sample size. The team that wins the World Series is not always the best team. They’re the team that played well in the post-season. Sometimes it is the best team, and sometimes, it isn’t. The Tigers couldn’t even manage 90 games against that weak ass division, and they’re the best? Uh huh.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        And, yet, we are the AL Champs! Beat the A’s and the Stanks to get there. :)

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        Ladies, ladies, lets just step back here a sec. The AL Champs are the Tigers. Can’t argue that. Best record in the AL was The Empire (spits): can’t argue that. Semantical debates get us nowhere. We can all win this one. Or is that too communist?

      • indaburg - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:41 PM


    • American of African Descent - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Of course the Beaver and the Dickey were made for each other. Ask any health teacher.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        And, it begins… lol

      • indaburg - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM


      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Good one. You, sir, have a gift.

        Now that Dickey’s in the bea . . . on the . . . in Beaver La . . . a member of the Beaver Wrestler’s Starting Rotation its going to be real hard (!) not offending someone. I’m looking forward to this…

  3. chill1184 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Enjoy Toronto Dickey, the Blue Jays at least on paper look like they have a beast of a line up and pitching rotation. The AL East is going to be one hell of a fight

  4. billb09 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Best of luck to R.A. Dickey, his family & the Blue Jays. As a sadden Mets fan, it always appeared that he is a stand up man and leader. I will always be rooting for him.
    I hope he wins 58 games in the next 3 seasons.
    Toronto = Les Mets…….Reyes, Dickey & Thole.

  5. tampajoey - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Gimmick pitcher is a disgrace to baseball.

    • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Cerebroflatulent fans are a disgrace to baseball – only moreso.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Usuallly I have to look at a political commmentary board to find such a rank turd of an observation.

  6. Francisco (FC) - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Wasn’t it 2 years $26 MM? For a total of 31$ MM? I seem to recall that number being bandied about in these parts.

  7. jaybird22seven - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    The only team to worry about now for the Blue Jays is the Angels. It’s going to be a fun year for all of Canada.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Not so fast there, blue bird. Cats love bird! Go Tigers!

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Leave it to beavers! They have sharp teeth.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        So do Tigers, and we don’t kill innocent trees to get our prey.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Trees are not innocent. They set off my allergies.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:43 PM


    • stlsportsfan84 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      I think the Rays and the Tigers have to be serious contenders in the AL along with the Rangers/Yanks lurking as well.

      • dowhatifeellike - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        The Rays will be weaker this year; they traded two of their best pitchers for prospects.

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        The Rays have TONS of pitching. They’ve hardly become weaker in pitching. Also one of those prospects is Wil Meyers. Every GM in baseball would have traded James Shields for Wil Meyer if they had they reserve pitching The Rays have. I would LOVE to believe that The Rays are weaker. But I just don’t. I think they got better.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        Now, you’re sucking up to Burgie. lol

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        I am even handed in my smarmy & glutinous fatuousness. Also, when my boys CRUSH yours & hers I shall be able to offer “sincere” commiseration without a hint of the evil glee I will feel being evident.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        That’s it. Totally sicking my bf Torii Hunter on you…and Miggy (MVP!)…and Verlander, and Scherzer, Fister, Sanchez, Fielder, V-Mart…and Old Man Jimbo to boot!

      • indaburg - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        The Rays’ pitching staff is still formidable even with the loss of Shields. Davis was pretty much resigned to middle relief–a guy that would be on the starting rotation on practically any team in the majors. That’s how deep our rotation is.

        Quit kissing ass, cur. It’s unbecoming for a beaver.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        “unbecoming for a beaver” he he

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        Yes, yes…kissing ass….with my huge buck teeth…

        When the season starts (and it will start, no matter how remote that time seems from now) as Dog Is My Witness (she’s sitting right here, watching me type) I will pour only oil on the turbulent waters of your disappointment at your team’s numerous and crushing defeats at the hands of my Beaver Men. Soothing, soothing oil. To ease the pain. Calm your troubled countenances. Cool your fevered and saddened brows. And if a match is then cast? Well, we can only say . . . you asked for it.


      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        BTW, that’s “siccing” — geez.

  8. fhuizar - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    On paper


    • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      You using that cheap recycled two buck a ream stuff from Office Max?

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        No, the kind w/ the watermark that says “Detroit Feesh”!

  9. sdelmonte - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    With RA and Jose in Toronto, the Jays are now my favorite AL East team. And the idea of RA facing down the Yankees and Bosox makes up a bit for the sting of him being elsewhere.

    Though I think that Alderson has pulled off a great deal here. It’s a simple truth: the Mets were not going to contend with RA any more than without him. Putting aside the silly things the Mets were saying, this might be a very, very smart deal in the long run.

    Or a flop. That could happen too. But it’s worth the risk, all things considered. And as much as I wish RA would be here longer, I don’t think a July rotation with Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Gee and Santana or Meija will be that shabby. Not nearly enough to win, but not a bad glimpse at the future.

  10. anybodyinhere - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I hope they drug test Dickey first. Really, first Cy Young at 38? gotta be ‘roids 😉

    • bbk1000 - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Can steroids help build up his fingers?

      • anybodyinhere - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        Yep. They make special ones just for that.

  11. tc4306 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    AA has opened up at least 3-4 year window for winning: Buehrle, Dickey, and Morrrow are all controlled for 3yr. EE, Joey Bats, JPA, Thole, and Romero are controlled for 4yr while Lawrie and Reyes are in for 5yr and Gose 6. Melky and Colby have 2yr each. Doubt they extend Johnson if he wants anything more than 3yr, but take him out and put Hutch in and it is still not bad. Am I excited to lose TDA and NS? Heck no, but for a 3-4 year opportunity to win it all, I’m good with it.

  12. cameltoehoe - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Hope he falls on his fat hairy a**!

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      And may a Canada Goose visit yours!

  13. hughhansen - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    So many emotions!

    Very sad to see Dickey go.

    Happy about the prospects the Mets got for him.

    Pissed the Mets bad-mouthed him on his way out of town.

    Have a greater feeling of despair about the upcoming season.

    • sm1285 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      ’13 is gonna suck but ’14-’15 is gonna be the start of the mets move back to relevancy

      • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        They’re moving to Manhattan?

  14. sm1285 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    The Dick extends! Mets get good prospects…well done Sandy

    • bbk1000 - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      so you are excited about an extended d!ck?

  15. jaysjunkie - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    As excited as I am to see a dramatically improved roster get even better, I’m still leery of how much the Jays gave up for a guy with a lot of question marks. But what’s done is (nearly) done and now the wait until April is gonna be hell.

    • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      What are Dickey’s “question marks”? Can he pitch without an ulnar collateral ligament? Is he…saved?*

      *Baseball pun.

      • bbk1000 - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        haha…no need to explain the pun….

      • jaysjunkie - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM

        Just meant the absence of a real consistent track record that justifies giving up one of the highest touted prospects in the game.

  16. proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    The Jays also receive Mike Nickeas, a 29 year old catcher who was born in Vancouver. He will become the primary catcher for the Triple A team in Buffalo. He primarily played in Buffalo last year when the Mets had their farm team there.

    The Mets also receive an 18 year old outfielder from Venezuela named Wuilimer Becerra who played a few games for the GCL affiliate of the Jays.

  17. paint771 - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    I didn’t realize the extension would be AFTER next year – or that it would be two years with a club option:

    TwitterJon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS
    dickey will make $12M in ’14 and $12M in ’15. still making $5M in ’13. (w/ $1M buyout on ’16 $12M option). total is $30M

    I am liking this trade significantly better than I was yesterday.

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