R.A. Dickey needs only to agree to a contract extension for the proposed seven-player trade between the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays to be completed, FoxSports.com reported Sunday.
According to the report, Dickey has until 2 p.m. on Tuesday to reach an agreement on an extension to become a Blue Jay.
Dickey is under contract for the 2013 season, but was seeking a two-year extension for an additional $26 million to $28 million over two years from the Mets before the proposed trade.
A tentative agreement has been reached that would send Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner, from the Mets to Toronto. Blue Jays catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud would be the centerpiece of the group of players coming to New York in the deal.
Besides Dickey, the Mets would also send catcher Josh Thole and a nonelite prospect to the Blue Jays, and the Mets would get d'Arnaud, pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck, and a nonelite prospect from the Blue Jays.
D'Arnaud, 23, hit .333 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs for triple-A Las Vegas before a knee injury in late June ended his season. He was considered the No. 17-ranked prospect by Baseball America before last season. He was traded by the Phillies to Toronto in 2009 as part of the deal for Roy Halladay.
Thole is wanted by Toronto because he is familiar with handling Dickey's knuckleball.
Big in Japan
Five-time all-star outfielder Andruw Jones has finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. The 35-year-old became a free agent after spending two seasons with the Yankees. He appeared in 94 games this year, batting .197 with 14 home runs.