NEW YORK — The New York Mets have 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 new contract that added two years 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.
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 already signed for $5.25 million next year.
His new contract adds two more seasons for $25 million – he will get $12 million in both 2014 and 2015, plus there’s a club option for 2016 at $12 million with a $1 million buyout.
Last month, Toronto acquired a high-priced trio of All-Stars – pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle and former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes – in a 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins.
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, who spentlast season with Tampa Bay, hit .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs in 2012. Terms were not released Monday.
Pena’s most productive year came during his first stint with the Rays when he hit 46 homers with 121 RBI.
TIGERS: Agreed to a five-year contract with pitcher Anibal Sanchez.
The team didn’t disclose financial terms, but a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press last week on condition of anonymity that it is worth $80 million.
Sanchez helped Detroit reach the World Series this year. He had a 1.77 ERA in 20 1/3 innings over three postseason starts, but was 1-2 because the Tigers were shut out in each of his losses.
Detroit acquired the 28-year-old Venezuelan in July from Miami along with second baseman Omar Infante for right-hander Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers.
ATHLETICS: Agreed to sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, of Japan’s Seibu Lions, according to two people with knowledge of the signing who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Nakajima agreed to a $6.5 million, two-year contract. The deal also includes a $5.5 million option for a third season, one of the people said.
Nakajima has a .302 batting average with 149 home runs, 664 RBIs and 134 stolen bases over 11 seasons with Seibu.
He would fill a big void for Oakland, which traded away shortstop and second baseman Cliff Pennington to Arizona in an Oct. 21 trade that brought outfielder Chris Young to the A’s.