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MLB notebook: Blue Jays finalize deal with Mets for Dickey

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R.A. Dickey agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract extension with the Blue Jays on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, to complete a trade with the Mets. Chris Trotman/Getty Images

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By The Associated Press
Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 6:50 p.m.

The New York Mets traded NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays in a seven-player deal.

The teams announced the trade Monday after Dickey and the Blue Jays agreed to a contract that adds two years and $25 million to his existing deal.

Toronto acquired the 38-year-old knuckleballer and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. The Mets receive top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud and catcher John Buck, plus minor league right-hander Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.

Dickey posted a note on Twitter thanking Mets fans for their support and saying he was “looking forward to a new chapter with the Jays.”

Dickey was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA last season, capping his rapid rise from the majors' scrap heap to an ace pitcher. He did it by perfecting a way to throw his floater faster than previous knuckleballers, and tossing it with exceptional control.

Sanchez completes deal

The Detroit Tigers finalized a five-year, $80 million contract with right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez is 48-51 with a 3.75 ERA since making his major league debut with the Marlins in 2006.

A's sign Japanese SS

Two people with knowledge of the negotiations said the Athletics signed shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions. Nakajima agreed to a $6.5 million, two-year contract.

Nakajima had a .302 batting average with 149 home runs, 664 RBI and 134 stolen bases in 11 seasons with Seibu.

Pena joins Astros

The Houston Astros signed veteran Carlos Pena to be their designated hitter, addressing a key need as they prepare for their first season in the American League.

The 34-year-old Pena, who spent last season in his second stint with Tampa Bay, hit .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI in 2012.

Extra bases

Free-agent Nick Swisher visited the Cleveland Indians, who have a hole to fill in right field. Swisher, who won a World Series in his first of four seasons with the New York Yankees in 2009, was scheduled to arrive in Cleveland on Monday night and will tour the team's facilities at Progressive Field on Tuesday. ... The Cubs announced a one-year contract with third baseman Ian Stewart. ... Minor league outfielder Cody Rogers, a member of the Tampa Bay organization, was suspended 50 games after refusing to take an offseason drug test.

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