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Dickey deal finalized; Cy Young Award winner heading to Toronto for prospects


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Photo courtesy of the New York Mets

It’s official. The New York Mets have finalized a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that turned Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey into a bevy of top prospects.

The Mets amped up efforts to trade the 38-year-old knuckle-baller when talks of a contract extension between Dickey and the team broke down. After the teams agreed upon the players to be swapped, the Blue Jays were given a window to sign Dickey to an extension. Dickey will reportedly receive a two-year extension from the Blue Jays worth $25 million; he has one year remaining on his current deal for $5 million.

In the three years with the Mets, Dickey went 39-28 with a 2.95 ERA and 468 strikeouts in 617 innings.

“Now that it’s official, I want to say that I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support and encouragement I received from all of you. I’ve always felt that there was a connection beyond the uniform. Thank you for making me feel wanted,” Dickey wrote in a series of tweets. “Looking forward to a new chapter with the Jays.”

In exchange for the Cy Young-award winner, the Mets will reportedly receive catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, outfield prospect Wuilmer Becerra and catcher John Buck. Catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas will be heading north with Dickey.

The 23-year-old d’Arnaud was 19th on Baseball America’s midseason top 50 prospect list. Syndergaard, 20, who ranked as the Blue Jays number three prospect, projects as a potential top of the rotation starter, though he remains several years away from the majors.

The new Blue Jays will be reuniting with former Met Jose Reyes who was dealt to Toronto from Miami in a mega, 12-player deal earlier this year.

Dickey becomes the fourth Cy Young Award winner to be dealt in the offseason after receiving the prize for the league’s top pitcher, joining David Cone, Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens.

Mets, David Wright officially announce new deal


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DWRIGHT

Mets fans have grown used to watching homegrown stars end up in another team’s uniform, from Tom Seaver to Darryl Strawberry and most recently Jose Reyes. David Wright’s recent eight-year contract with the Mets means that cycle might be broken.

Wright’s $138 million extension, first reported at the end of November, was officially signed on Tuesday, and will keep the third baseman with the team through 2020, when he will be 38.

“It’s a dream come true to be able to finish my career where I started it and hopefully add a championship or two,” Wright said at a press conference announcing the deal at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville.

“To me there was no thought of ever putting on another uniform,” he said.

Wright thanked Mets fans who he said have stood by him through the ups and downs in his career. “They’ve seen a lot of strike outs, a lot of errors,” he said.

The Mets all-time leader in hits, runs, RBI, doubles, walks and total bases had one year remaining on his contract coming into the offseason, though both he and the team expressed a desire to complete a deal.

“This is a cornerstone relationship that we think will allow us to continue to build and provide a winning future for the Mets going forward,” said General Manager Sandy Alderson.

Wright is coming off a year in which he batted .306, scored 91 runs, slugged 21 home runs and knocked in 93 while coming in sixth in the National League’s Most Valuable Player voting.

The future of the Mets remains up in the air as the team  has finished below .500 for four consecutive years and is listening to offers for Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, but Wright’s confidence has not wavered.

“Things haven’t gone the way we would have liked them to the last couple of years, but that’s going to change,” Wright said.

“I’m going to give everything I have out there to bring a championship back to Queens.”

WATCH: R.A. Dickey discusses trade rumors on ‘The Daily Show’


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With trade rumors swirling around R.A. Dickey, the Cy Young Award winner stopped by “The Daily Show” to chat about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the knuckleball and where he might be playing next year.

“He may be the first guest in the history of this program to be traded while I am talking to him,” host and long-time Mets fan Jon Stewart said of Dickey.

The 2012 Cy Young Award winner has been the subject of a myriad of trade rumors this offseason. Dickey will make $5 million in the final year of his contract and the All-Star is due a significant raise.

“This tremendous story, this tremendous success, I guess my question is how will the New York Mets screw this up?” asked Dickey.

The Nashville-native remains hopeful he’ll continue his career in New York.

“I’m hoping to be here. I love it here,” Dickey told Stewart.

While he wants to keep pitching in Queens, the thoughtful knuckler, who before last season climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity and authored a memoir, “Wherever I Wind Up,” said he realized baseball, first and foremost, is a business.

“[Mets General Manager] Sandy Alderson has a job to do; he’s paid to make the Mets better. I’ve got to be as professional as I can and understand that,” said Dickey.

Queens Morning Roundup


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