Multiple players added to potential Dickey deal
By Anthony DiComo /12/15/12 11:28 PM ET
NEW YORK -- Another day and night passed Saturday with no resolution. R.A. Dickey is still a Met. But he does not figure to be for long.
Since sources confirmed Friday night that the Mets and Blue Jays were working on a trade to send the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner north of the border, the deal has reportedly grown to include at least seven players, including three catchers.
If and when the Blue Jays do complete a trade for Dickey, top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud will be a part of it, a source confirmed earlier Saturday.
The rest of the deal has apparently grown to include multiple players on both sides. The New York Post reported Saturday night that the two teams are discussing a seven-player deal that would send Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and a non-elite prospect to the Jays for d'Arnaud, catcher John Buck, left-hander Noah Syndergaard and another non-elite prospect.
The report indicated that the Jays might also send cash or an additional prospect to the Mets to offset Buck's salary.
Mets and Blue Jays officials have both been publicly silent since Friday. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson did not respond to a message seeking comment.
In any permutation of the deal, Alderson has made it known that he is seeking a "difference maker" for Dickey, and he appears to have negotiated at least that much with the inclusion of d'Arnaud.
Long considered one of the top young talents in baseball, d'Arnaud clocked in at No. 11 on MLB.com's 2012 Prospect Watch. The Jays initially acquired the backstop from the Phillies in 2009 for another Cy Young winner, Roy Halladay, and d'Arnaud might have already made his big league debut had he not suffered a season-ending ligament tear in his left knee in June.
In 67 games prior to his injury, d'Arnaud batted .333 with 16 homers and a .975 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) at Triple-A Las Vegas, a notoriously hitter-friendly environment.
He and Syndergaard are the first- and third-ranked Blue Jays on MLB.com's 2012 Prospect Watch, mirroring their industry-wide reputation as two of Toronto's three best trade chips. At Class A Lansing last season, Syndergaard posted a 2.49 ERA, striking out 122 batters with 31 walks in 103 2/3 innings.
"I'm feeling real comfortable right now," Syndergaard said before the season, "and I think that will show on the field."
The Jays could still request an exclusive window to negotiate a contract extension before signing off on any deal. Dickey has been seeking two years and $26 million on top of his $5 million option for next season, terms that he considers "less than what's fair."
The knuckleballer is coming off a Cy Young season at age 38, finishing 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA while leading the National League in innings, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts.
For now, the Mets and Blue Jays continue to work while the rest of the industry waits. In some corners, consecutive days of uncertainty created a whimsical effect. Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia, who was originally rumored to be part of the deal, tweeted Saturday that he was "just involved in a huge trade."
"Traded 4 blue M&M's and a color to be named, for a Purple G2 Gatorade and cash for a snicker bar!" Arencibia wrote.
If only it were that easy. In a deal for the Cy Young Award winner, so much more is at stake.