Report: Trade hinges on extension

Updated: December 17, 2012, 9:28 AM ET
By Adam Rubin |

Negotiations on a contract extension for R.A. Dickey are the only thing holding up a trade between the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays, has reported, citing unnamed sources.

The reigning NL Cy Young winner will appear in a Blue Jays uniform in 2013 as they make a run at AL East supremacy -- assuming the sides can work out a deal. The report says Dickey has until Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET to agree to the extension.

According to, there is a tentative agreement in place to send the knuckleballer to Toronto, where he would join fellow newcomers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle in a bulked-up rotation.

Dickey currently is under contract for 2013 at $5 million.

Before the trade, he sought an additional $26 million to $28 million over two years from the Mets.

An official involved in the trade discussions said 23-year-old Blue Jays catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud would be the centerpiece coming to New York in any deal.

Multiple reports indicate the Mets also will acquire catcher John Buck, Class A right-hander Noah Syndergaard and cash while sending catcher Josh Thole to Toronto.

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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