What If Dickey Denies Extension?

According to FOX Sports, the Mets and Blue Jays have a agreed upon a trade that will send R.A. Dickey and Josh Thole to Toronto in return for a package that likely includes Travis D’Arnaud, John Buck, and Noah Syndergaard. The trade, however, is contingent on the Blue Jays extending Dickey for at least two years — and they have until Tuesday to do so.

Yes, I’m making the most of our final hours of R.A. Dickey sophomoric humor. But seriously — what if Dickey torpedoes … er, what if R.A. chooses not to sign an extension with Toronto?

To be perfectly frank (there I go again), I think the Mets are up the creek if Toronto and R.A. can’t come to an agreement. Teams needing a starter like Dickey are dwindling, and will be less inclined to offer the Mets a bucketful of prospects if they’re getting only one year of the NL Cy Young Award winner. What will the Mets do if that’s the way things play out?

Maybe they re-engineer the Toronto trade, replacing R.A. with Jonathon Niese. Though, would the Blue Jays still part with D’Arnaud? If that’s what happens, then what do the Mets do with R.A.? Would they extend him, or try to trade him for whatever package they can get?

Perhaps my concern is unnecessary. But the deal’s not done until Dickey agrees to terms with Toronto.

Are you worried? What do you think the Mets’ options are, if this deal falls through?

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