R.A. Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner, is expected to be traded by the New York Mets, perhaps as soon as Friday, ESPNNewYork.com reported Friday.
The report is based on information from a source familiar with the discussions.
“If I was in Vegas, then I would put some money on it,” the source told ESPNNewYork.com, “but the way this situation has gone, you never know.”
The Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels are believed to be the teams in the trade discussions for Dickey.
The Mets have been unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension with Dickey.
He is under contract at $5 million for next season, and ESPN.com reported that Dickey wants a two-year extension worth somewhere between $26 million and $28 million. The Mets have only been willing to offer $20 million over those two additional years, according to ESPN.com.
MLB NOTES: The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a five-year, $80-million deal with right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez, according to agent Gene Mato. The sides reached an agreement on Friday morning, Mato said. The Tigers declined to comment. The Tigers typically will not announce a signing until the player has passed a physical. New Tigers rightfielder Torii Hunter tweeted: “Glad Anibal Sanchez back with the Tigers. Congrats Anibal. Now lets go get that ring.” If the numbers are true, Sanchez’s contract is bigger than that of ace Justin Verlander, who signed a five-year, $79.5-million contract three years ago. Sanchez, 28, was considered the No. 2 pitcher available on the market, behind Zack Greinke, who recently agreed to a six-year, $147-million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.