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Mets, Blue Jays closer to Dickey deal

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The New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays are close to completing a deal Saturday morning that would send National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto, according to ESPN New York.

The Mets are looking for catching and outfield help. They are particularly interested in 23-year-old Blue Jays catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud.

Dickey, however, has not approached the Blue Jays about a contract extension or been asked to take a physical exam.

Possibly complicating matters is that the Mets were contacted by another team Friday night about the 38-year-old Dickey and that the main elements of a contract with the Blue Jays had not been reached.

If Dickey is traded, he would be just the fourth reigning Cy Young Award winner to be traded the following season. The others are: David Cone (1995), Pedro Martinez (1998) and Roger Clemens (1999).

Three others went to other teams via free agency the following year: Catfish Hunter (1975), Mark Davis (1990) and Greg Maddux (1993).

Dickey is owed $5 million next season. The Mets and Dickey were about $6 million apart when they tried to negotiate a contract extension. Dickey reportedly wanted two years at $26 million to $28 million. The Mets, however, offered $20 million for two years.
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