The R.A. Dickey saga may soon be nearing a surprising conclusion. Multiple reports have indicated that the New York Mets may deal the 38 year old Cy Young winner by the end of the day today. (Be sure to check out Mets Blog for a full recap of the day's events). The day opened with news that the Mets have found an acceptable trade offer from a team and are said to be asking around to find out if another team wants to beat the offer. The leaders in the clubhouse are the Toronto Blue Jays, who believe that they will have a deal to obtain Dickey within the next 24 hours. The Mets would almost certainly receive a catcher back from the Blue Jays in the deal, but it remains unclear whether it would be major league catcher J.P. Arencibia or top prospect Travis D'Arnaud. The Mets have been seeking at least two top prospects in any Dickey deal, and rumored variations of deals with the Blue Jays have included one of the catchers and outfield prospect Anthony Gose.
One team that Dickey will not be going to is the Texas Rangers, who have dropped out of the bidding earlier in the day. Texas was not willing to pair top hitting prospect Mike Olt with a pitching prospect in return, and they are now looking elsewhere. The Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles are still hanging around in the talks, but it certainly appears as if Toronto has the offer to beat. One thing that could delay any potential deal is whether Dickey is willing to negotiate an extension with the team that acquires him. Reports have indicated that Dickey may be hesitant to sign an extension with Toronto, and that could be a potential roadblock in any Blue Jays deal. Check back throughout the night as we will update the Dickey situation the second news breaks.
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