R.A. Dickey could be traded today, Toronto could be in the lead

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A source with knowledge of the situation told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York Dickey could be moved as soon as today.

In addition, Andy Martino of the Daily News says the Mets have not been engaged in contract discussions with Dickey’s agent since Wednesday – they have been completely focused on trade talks over the last couple of days.

Dec. 14, 4:24 pm: The Blue Jays could be in the lead to land R.A. Dickey, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman says the Blue Jays want to keep catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, but could deal J.P. Arencibia and outfielders for Dickey.

Heyman says the Rangers and Orioles are not in the middle of negotiations for Dickey right now.

However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post says Dickey is not interested in signing an extension with the Blue Jays, and that could be slowing the trade down.

Sherman says it’s possible the Mets could command more in a trade for Dickey if he were willing to sign an extension with a possible new team.

Meanwhile, Bo McGinnis, the agent for R.A. Dickey, told Jim Bowden of ESPN they are not negotiating a contract extension with a new team at the moment, nor is there anything holding up a possible trade.

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Dec. 14, 3:02 pm: Andy Martino of the Daily News reports the Mets were engaged in “intense trade talks” regarding Dickey with the Rangers and Blue Jays yesterday.

In addition, Martino says the Orioles have emerged as a serious player to acquire Dickey.

Dec, 14, 2:40 pm: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Angels and Blue Jays are two teams believed to have interest in acquiring Dickey.

Heyman says a trade appears most likely, as teams have ramped up their efforts to acquire Dickey.

Dec. 14, 12:01 pm: If the Mets sign Dickey to a two-year, $26 million extension, “It would increase his trade value,” a GM tells ESPN.com’s Buster Olney.

That said, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman insists the Mets (and no team) would ever do a sign-and-trade, since it’s ‘bad form.’ In Heyman’s view, if the Mets give Dickey a contract extension, it will be to keep him.

Dec. 14, 10:38 am: “The Mets are telling clubs that they have an acceptable trade offer for R.A. Dickey, but they are trying to get an even better package,” a source told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Multiple reports have repeatedly stated the Mets are seeking at least two top prospects in a deal for Dickey.

“All signs point to the Mets trading Dickey,” Rosenthal said this morning, while also pointing out that there has been little progress between the Mets and Dickey on a contract extension.

Brian Erni

10:38 am: This offseason, we’ve seen some crazy stuff for starting pitching: Wil Myers and other prospects dealt for James Shields and Wade Davis; Joe Blanton (2 years, $14 million) and Jeremy Guthrie (3 years, $25 million); Anibal Sanchez getting five years and $80 million to re-up with the Tigers. That’s why I can’t see a scenario where Dickey’s situation isn’t a win-win for the Mets. Either they cash in a chip for hitters with high ceilings (the Mets desperately need), or they sign Dickey to an extension and get an ace-level pitcher at below-market value.