The Blue Jays reportedly needed two days to accomplish what the Mets couldn't in two months, agreeing to a contract extension with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the final major development needed to complete a sprawling seven-player deal that has been in the works all weekend.
According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous is a good enough closer that the team won't need the full negotiating window afforded to them by the Mets.
FoxSports.com had reported that the Jays have until 2 p.m. on Tuesday to hammer out an extension. More from Griffin, who says the deal could be announced Monday night:
"As reflected in his hands-on style, Jays' GM Alex Anthopoulos prefers to meet players face-to-face whenever an important crossroads arrives. Anthopoulos is believed to have met with Dickey at his home.
"Reportedly, the Jays have been able to agree on the extension with Dickey, likely for more than the $26 million, two years, he had been seeking from the Mets, but still a bargain for three years compared to recent free agents Anibal Sanchez, Zack Greinke and, assuming Dickey's higher expected return, than Ryan Dempster."
Griffin reports that Dickey will be taken to the Jays' spring training headquarters in Florida. That's where the pitcher is set to be examined by team medical personal -- what appears to be the final step in negotiations.
According to multiple reports, the Mets will send Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and another lesser prospect to the Blue Jays. In return, the Mets will receive two top prospects in catcher Travis d'Arnaud and pitcher Noah Syndergaard, as well as as big league catcher John Buck and another lesser prospect.
It's likely that Dickey will sign for a more lucrative contract extension than he had demanded with the Mets. In negotiations with New York, Dickey asked for two years and $26 million, while the Mets countered with two-years, $20-million.