Dickey, Blue Jays reach agreement

REIGNING National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey reached an agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays on a two-year, $25 million extension, allowing Toronto and the New York Mets to complete their trade.

“Now that its official, I want to say that I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support and… Encouragement I received from all of you. I’ve always felt that there was a connection beyond the uniform. Thank you for making me feel wanted,” said Dickey on Twitter.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos called Dickey a “front-of-the-rotation starter.”

“Clearly, he won the Cy Young. He’s pitched like one the last three years,” he said. “I think he doesn’t get the credit and the respect he deserves because of his age and because of what he does throw. And I understand it’s so rare. But there’s so much overwhelming data and evidence to point to him continuing this success. He’s gotten better every single year.”

Dickey will be getting the dollar value that he had requested in failed extension talks with the Mets. Some of the money will be paid out immediately this year, along with his $5 million salary, in the form of a signing bonus to offset the difference in taxes between the United States and Canada. The sides are still haggling over how much money will be front-loaded, sources said.

Dickey will get a team option for $12 million for 2016. Noli Cruz

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