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A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that shortstop Stephen Drew and the Red Sox agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract. Drew will take a physical before the deal can be finalized, the person said Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not complete. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File

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By The Associated Press
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, 7:16 p.m.
 

R.A. Dickey picked up his phone Saturday, and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the NL Cy Young Award winner he had 72 hours to negotiate a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

“OK, here we go. I probably am never going to be a Met again,” Dickey remembered thinking. “I think I had a wash of just numbness come over me, really.”

A day after he was traded to Toronto and finalized a $30 million, three-year contract with the Blue Jays, the 38-year-old knuckleballer talked about his exit from New York after three seasons that revived his career.

“I think it's important for me to grieve leaving New York,” he said Tuesday. “I had a proverbial home there. I had a home among fans. I had a home in an organization. I had a lot of success there, and I think it's important for me to be sad about that for a moment before I move on to the next feeling.”

Red Sox sign SS Drew

The Boston Red Sox reached a $9.5 million, one-year agreement with shortstop Stephen Drew.

Drew, 29, hit .250 with five homers and 16 RBI in 39 games for the Oakland Athletics last season after being traded by Arizona on Aug. 20. In 40 games with the Diamondbacks, he hit .193 with two homers and 12 RBI.

Indians woo Swisher

The Indians called upon a proven recruiter to land free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was among a group who had lunch Tuesday at Progressive Field with Swisher, who is considering a multiyear contract offer from the Indians. Swisher would immediately fill a hole in right field for Cleveland, which traded Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati last week.

Luxury tax increase

The Yankees' luxury tax bill for this year has gone up by nearly $400,000.

Major League Baseball sent a revised accounting to the team Tuesday, raising New York's payment to $19,311,642 from $18,917,994. New York is the only team to pay the luxury tax this year.

The Yankees' final payroll for luxury tax purposes climbed from $222.5 million to $223.4 million.

Extra bases

Matt Bush, a former top overall major league draft pick, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison for a drunken driving hit-and-run crash in Florida. ... Right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla completed a $15 million, three-year contract with the Giants. ... The Rays signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona. The one-year deal is worth $3.25 million. ... The Twins agreed with right-hander Mike Pelfrey on a $4 million, one-year contract.

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