IT APPEARS to be just a matter of time before National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey is traded from the New York Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Negotiations on a contract extension for Dickey are the only thing holding up a trade between the teams, FoxSports.com reported, citing unnamed sources.
According to the report, Dickey has until Tuesday at 2 p.m. to agree to the extension. He is under contract for 2013 at $5 million. Before the trade discussions, he sought an additional $26 million to $28 million over 2 years from the Mets.
The Blue Jays already have added starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle in the offseason.
An official involved in the trade discussions said 23-year-old Blue Jays catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud, obtained from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade, would be the centerpiece coming to New York in any deal.
Multiple reports indicate the Mets also will acquire catcher John Buck, Class A righthander Noah Syndergaard and cash while sending catcher Josh Thole to Toronto.
Former Mets righthander Mike Pelfrey has agreed to a 1-year contract with the Minnesota Twins, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com. The deal is pending a physical.
Pelfrey had been non-tendered by the Mets last month. He made three starts before undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 1 that cost him the remainder of the season.
Pelfrey, 28, recently said he believes he would be ready for a normal workload during spring training. He already has been facing batters at his former college program, Wichita State University.
"I'm on track for Jan. 15. So everything is going well,'' Pelfrey said. "Tim Hudson came back in 7 months [from Tommy John surgery]. Joba Chamberlain last year came back in 8 before he broke his ankle. And I'll be about 8 1/2 or so. I'll definitely be ready when spring training rolls around.''
Pelfrey was 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA in 153 appearances during seven seasons with the Mets.
* Five-time All-Star outfielder Andruw Jones finalized a $3.5 million, 1-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. The 35-year-old Jones became a free agent after spending the past two seasons as a part-time player with the New York Yankees. He appeared in 94 games last season, batting .197 with 14 home runs.
Jones broke into the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 1996 and won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1998-07 as their centerfielder. He has 434 career home runs over 17 seasons in the majors.