Mets trade Cy Young win­ner R.A. Dickey to Blue Jays.

NL Cy Young win­ner gets two more years and $25 mil­lion added to his deal.

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

The teams an­nounced the trade af­ter Dickey and the Blue Jays agreed to a new con­tract that added 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 got top catch­ing prospect Travis d’Ar­naud and catcher John Buck, plus mi­nor league right-han­der Noah Syn­der­gaard and out­fielder Wuilmer Be­cerra.

“Now that its of­fi­cial, I want to say that I don’t have the words to ex­press how grate­ful I am to you for the stead­fast sup­port,” Dickey posted on Twit­ter. “Thank you for mak­ing me feel wanted.”

“Look­ing for­ward to a new chap­ter with the Jays,” he wrote.

Dickey was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA last sea­son, cap- ping 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.

“It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary priv­i­lege for us to be part of his ca­reer,” Mets gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son said about Dickey on a con­fer­ence call. “The fi­nal chap­ter has not been writ­ten.”

Dickey is set to be­come part of a ro­ta­tion that in­cludes Josh John­son, Mark Buehrle and re­turn­ing starters Ricky Romero and Bran­don Mor­row.

“We’re just so close to con­tention,” Blue Jays gen­eral man­ager Alex An­thopou­los said. “It’s not just about one sea­son. This al­lows us to put what we feel is a con­tend­ing team to­gether for an ex­tended run, for a threeto-five-year pe­riod.”

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

Pena, 34, who spent last sea­son in his sec­ond stint with Tampa Bay, hit .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs in 2012. Terms were not re­leased.

Cubs: Chicago an­nounced a one-year, $2 mil­lion con­tract with third base­man Ian Ste­wart. Ac­quired from Colorado last De­cem­ber, he bat­ted .201 in 55 games and had sea­son-end­ing left wrist surgery.

Chicago also an­nounced a two-year mi­nor league deal with Korean re­liever ChangY­ong Lim, a 17-year veteran of the Korean and Ja­panese leagues.

Tigers: Right-handed pitcher Ani­bal Sanchez, 28, who was ac­quired from the Mar­lins in June, of­fi­cially signed a fiveyear, $80 mil­lion con­tract with Detroit. The club has an op­tion for a sixth year. Sanchez had a 3.74 ERA with the Tigers in 12 starts.

Red Sox: Short­stop Stephen Drew (.250, five HRs, 16 RBIs fin­ish­ing with Oak­land last sea­son) has agreed to a one-year con­tract with Bos­ton, sources told ESPN The Mag­a­zine on Mon­day. The deal calls for a $9.5 mil­lion salary and $500,000 in per­for­mance bonuses, the sources said.

AP FILE

Knuck­le­baller R.A. Dickey tweeted his thanks to Mets fans, typ­ing, ‘Thank you for mak­ing me feel wanted.’

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