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After much speculation and negotiation, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets as part of a seven-player trade that sends the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner to Toronto along with catcher Josh Thole and Minor League catcher Mike Nickeas in exchange for highly touted catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, the system’s top pitching prospect in Noah Syndergaard, veteran catcher John Buck and outfield prospect Wilmer Becerra.

Only in a world where fantasy baseball trades, video game franchise modes and prospect rankings are given more credence than they’re due could this trade be viewed in a negative light. It’s a good deal for both teams. The swap shores up a New York Mets organization that hopes to build around a young pitching rotation with the proven talent of the recently locked up David Wright. Meanwhile the Toronto Blue Jays further establish their newly found status as the best team in the American League East – at a time when the rest of the division appears wobbled by age and inconsistency – by acquiring a pitcher whose $5 million salary in 2013 likely makes him the greatest value-add possible for a rotation.

Dickey’s contributions go beyond the benefits of exceptional talent at a below-market price. He’s a unique player, a unique person, who offers a multitude of qualities underneath his jersey. He isn’t easily encompassed or grasped. However, here for your enjoyment and edification is an attempt to do just that: The Getting Blanked A-Z Guide To R.A. Dickey.

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The rumors swirled all night and day (as lovingly curated by your heroes Andrew Stoeten and Archi Zuber) but now, at 10:00 PM on Saturday, comes the first example of a national writer/trade hound naming names. After Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was among the first to include Travis d’Arnaud’s name among those leaving Toronto in exchange for National League Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey.

What I can only assume was grueling 24 hours passes and Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets the structure of a trade between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets. Nothing official but one source did confirm that flags do indeed fly forever. The deal looks like this:

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was among the chorus of baseball insiders today who took hold of a flaccid news cycle and vigorously agitated the R.A. Dickey talks. Seems the Mets front office is wary of getting shafted by the defending Cy Young award winner’s contract demands and, rather than suffering the indignity of a free agent year walk of shame, will explore their trade options with multiple partners.

The back and forth between club and pitcher took an unexpected public turn over the last few weeks, pitting a ownership group of white collar criminals against a populist hero in a battle of words and squabble over what seems like the matter of a few million dollars.

Any trade talk is likely premature but it is important fans of the rumored teams don’t blow their oops I’ve gone too far.

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That the recently-minted Cy Young award winner from the National League attracts all sorts of attention on the trade market is not surprising. Well, that the Cy Young winner is on the trade market at all is somewhat surprising, but a large number of teams lobbying for his services only makes sense.

It also makes sense that the New York Mets, who hold a highly desirable commodity in the sweaty palms, will set their price sky high just to see if any team dares to reach it. There is so much working in the Mets favor that any team looking to bolster their playoff chances by adding R.A. Dickey is going to pay a pretty penny indeed.

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The New York Mets are reportedly set to make David Wright the highest paid player in franchise history. Wright and the Mets have come to an agreement on a seven-year, $122 million deal which, coupled with the 29-year old third baseman’s $16 million 2013 option, pushes his total earnings up to $138 million through 2020. Johan Santana’s $137.5 million contract signed in 2008 previously represented the Mets’ richest contract. WFAN’s Ed Coleman broke the Wright extension news early Friday morning.

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The New York Mets have a predicament on their hands. David Wright, the club’s all-time leader in hits, extra-base hits, walks  and bWAR,  is without a contract beyond the 2013 season. Wright is coming off what is arguably his finest season since 2007, in which he rode a strong first half to a .306/.391/.492 finish with 21 home runs and a .376 wOBA. Now it’s up to the Mets, who are seemingly never truly free of financial turmoil, to decide if giving all the money to the face of the franchise is their best option.

It would appear that the Mets and Wright may not have gotten off to a good start.

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The New York Mets official Twitter account posted photos of blue home and road alternates for the 2013 season. The Mets will adopt a design similar the blue versions of their “Los Mets” jerseys that they have worn on occasion over the past two seasons.

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