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R.A. Dickey: Trade to Blue Jays official

Dec. 17, 2012 at 6:27 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- All-star pitcher R.A. Dickey indicated Monday his reported trade from the New York Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays is official.

"Looking forward to a new chapter with the Jays," Dickey wrote on his Twitter account.

Multiple media outlets reported Sunday the Mets had agreed to send the reigning Cy Young Award winner, catcher Josh Thole and a minor-league prospect to Toronto.

In exchange, catchers Travis d'Arnaud and John Buck, pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard and another unnamed prospect would reportedly move to the Mets.

Fox Sports said the trade was dependent on whether the Blue Jays could negotiate an extension for the knuckle-balling Dickey, who went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA in 2012, pacing the National League in innings, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts.

Several reports said Monday Dickey agreed to a two-year, $25 million deal with the Blue Jays, pending a physical.

Besides the Mets players, Toronto have acquired all-star shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Miami Marlins during a busy off-season.

The prize for the Mets would be 23-year-old D'Arnaud, considered among the best hitting prospects in the minor leagues.

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