With each passing day that the New York Mets have failed to meet R.A. Dickey’s seemingly reasonable demands for a contract extension, it has became increasingly more likely the reigning National League Cy Young award winner will be shipped out of town.
That speculation, which began very early in the offseason, only gained more steam at a charity event earlier in the week when Dickey expressed his disappointment in the negotiating process and his desire to leave after 2013 without an extension. The Mets, in turn, expressed disappointment in Dickey’s disappointment and perhaps even the timing of his comments.
Needless to say, the whole ordeal was starting to get messy, but it appears we’re on the verge of a resolution as Yahoo! Sports own Jeff Passan reported early Saturday morning that the Mets and Toronto Blue Jays were nearing a deal that would send Dickey north of the border, with catching prospect Travis D’amaud being the centerpiece of a package coming back to New York.
If D’amaud’s name sounds familiar to casual fans reading, he was involved in the trade that brought Roy Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2009. The 23-year-old is now on the fast track to big leagues after hitting .333/.380/.595 with 16 homers and 52 RBI in less than half a season at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2012, and is widely regarded as the top catching prospect in the game. Not that the Phillies regret making their deal, but I’m sure they can’t be too excited by the possibility of watching him blossom in their own division.
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