The Mets are nearing agreement on a minor-league contract with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press yesterday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.
Pitching his entire career without the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Dickey is 22-28 with a 5.43 ERA in 48 starts and 96 relief appearances in seven big-league seasons. Doctors think he either was born without the ligament or it dissolved after a tear.
Dickey was taken by Texas with the 18th pick of the 1996 amateur draft.
Halladay thanks fans
Halladay was traded to the Phillies on Dec. 16 after 12 seasons with Toronto. The ad in the Toronto Sun yesterday said that he felt "blessed" to have been part of the organization since being drafted in 1995.
"Toronto will forever have a special place in my heart," the righthander wrote. "The memories will last a lifetime and so will my gratitude."
Marquis, Nats seal deal
The 31-year-old righthander went 15-13 with a 4.04 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 216 innings for Colorado in 2009. He made the NL All-Star team last season, thanks to an 11-6 record and 3.65 ERA at that point. But Marquis fizzled down the stretch and wasn't part of the Rockies' postseason starting rotation.
Atkins officially an 'O'
Third baseman Garrett Atkins and the Baltimore Orioles have completed their $4.5-million, one-year contract. His deal calls for a $4-million salary next year and includes an $8.5-million club option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout. There are additional performance bonuses.- AP