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Done Deal: Mets Trade R.A. Dickey To Blue Jays

R.A. Dickey has passed his physical and is off to Toronto. The Mets and Blue Jays have consummated a deal that sends the reigning Cy Young winner and others to Toronto in exchange for a package of players featuring stud catcher prospect Travis d'Arnaud. The Jays have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $25 million extension with Dickey.

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DePodesta On d'Arnaud, Syndergaard, And Becerra

Last night via email I asked Mets vice president of player development Paul DePodesta about the trio of youngsters — Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, and Wuilmer Becerra — his team acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade. Here's what he had to say.

On catcher Travis d'Arnaud:

I think we need to get our hands on him first before we start predicting where he's going to play or what his timetable will be. Considering he missed the back half of last year and the fact that he's coming to a new organization, I think the most important part of spring training will just be about getting back into game shape and learning about 25 new pitchers.

On right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard:

We see a big, physical presence who is athletic and a strike thrower. You just don't see many guys his size at his age command the strike zone the way he has as a professional, especially with big velocity. In addition to the power, there's also deception to what he does. As with D'arnaud, we'll refrain from making any predictions as to where Noah will be next here until we have a better feel for him in spring training.

On outfielder Wuilmer Becerra:

Wuilmer should be fine for 2013. Given the fact that he's the same age as a typical high school senior and has fewer than 40 professional plate appearances, I suspect he'll stay in our extended program, which is what we did with guys like [Brandon] Nimmo and [Phillip] Evans last year (and he is a year younger than those guys were). After that, we'll figure out which short-season club would be the most appropriate for him. As far as position, we see him as an outfielder, even though he played shortstop as an amateur. He's shown above average speed in the past, but he's a big, physical young man. We'll probably play him all over the outfield early on, as we do with most of our younger prospects.

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Sandy Alderson Speaks About Dickey Trade

Sandy Alderson spoke to the media following the Mets' trade of R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays

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Mets Send Mike Nickeas, Receive Wuilmer Becerra

We now have the names of the two throw-in players. The Mets will send catcher and Phiten-wearer Mike Nickeas, who also has some experience catching R.A. Dickey, to the Blue Jays and will receive 18-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, who hit .250/.359/.375 in 39 plate appearances with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in 2012.

Baseball America's Ben Badler wrote up Becerra, whom the Jays signed for $1.3 million out of Venezuela in July 2011, saying:

Becerra, 17, has size (6-foot-4, 190 pounds), athleticism and plus-plus speed in the 60-yard dash, which he's run in 6.6 seconds, although he doesn't get out of the box quick enough to get 70 grades from home to first. For some scouts, Becerra was one of the better righthanded hitters on the international market last year, though there was some disagreement about scouts on his bat. Becerra has a good combination of size, strength and raw power, and some scouts felt he had good plate coverage and feel for hitting. Others contend he's not as sharp in game situations as he is in BP because he tends to get around the ball with length to his stroke and an uppercut swing, which isn't uncommon for Latin American amateurs.

In the field, Becerra's days at shortstop were short-lived due to his size, actions, hands and below-average arm. He fits better in center field, where he shows a better arm stroke than he does in the infield, though with his size he'll likely get so big that he'll end up in left field. Part of it may depend on how much of his speed Becerra is able to retain, especially given his unusual build with narrow shoulders, short arms and wide hips. Several scouts praised Becerra for his makeup and work ethic and he has impressed Blue Jays coaches early. If he develops as the Blue Jays hope, he could become a corner outfielder with a power/speed combination.

A corner outfielder with power and speed is considerably more valuable than Mike Nickeas, who seems like a nice guy and has a great head of hair, but maybe isn't super-terrific at baseball.

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Dickey Passes Physical, Deal Is Done

Andy Martino reports that R.A. Dickey passed his physical with the Blue Jays — presumably they were given advance warning that he was missing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow — and the deal to send the reigning National League Cy Young winner is done.

We still don't know who the throw-in prospects are on either side, but we know the principles.

Mets get:

Travis d'Arnaud, catcher
John Buck, catcher
Noah Syndergaard, right-handed pitcher

Blue Jays get:

R.A. Dickey, supernova
Josh Thole, catcher

Dickey will earn $5 million in 2013, after which his newly inked contract extension kicks in which will pay him $25 million in aggregate for 2014 and 2015. There's also a $12 million option for 2016, though it's not yet clear who holds the trigger.

It's a bittersweet day for Mets fans, who welcome two great prospects but say goodbye to one of the most likable players in recent — or any — memory.

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Blue Jays, Dickey Agree On $25 Million Extension

Per Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays and R.A. Dickey have agreed on the terms of a two-year $25 million contract extension.

The extension would presumably be on top of Dickey's $5 million contract for 2013, so all told his deal would be for three years and $30 million.

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Passan: Mets And Blue Jays On The Verge Of Trade

Reports say teams are near completion of a trade that would send Dickey to Toronto.

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Dickey Could Be Traded Soon

The Mets are reportedly making progress on a deal that would send Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays.

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