A day after he was traded to Toronto and finalized a $30 million, three-year contract with the Blue Jays, pitcher R.A. Dickey talked about leaving the New York Mets and showed mixed emotions.
Dickey shows mixed emotions
A day after he was traded to Toronto and finalized a $30 million, three-year contract with the Blue Jays, pitcher R.A. Dickey talked about leaving the New York Mets.
The 38-year-old knuckleballer, who won this year’s National League Cy Young Award, was a fan favorite.
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“I think it’s important for me to grieve leaving New York,” Dickey 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.”
That next feeling is glee about joining the amped-up Blue Jays, who have added five All-Stars during the offseason, with Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Melky Cabrera preceding Dickey north.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be part of an organization that’s committed to winning and putting a product on the field that the fans can be excited about,” Dickey said.
Dickey, who pitched for the Mariners in 2008, was to earn $5.25 million in 2013 with the Mets. The Mets offered him an additional $20 million over two years, short of what Dickey wanted.
Meanwhile, one of the players the Mets acquired in the Dickey trade, 20-year-old pitcher Noah Syndergaard, apologized for a posting on his Twitter account this month in which he used an anti-gay slur.
Red Sox, Drew reach agreement
Boston reached a $9.5 million, one-year agreement with shortstop Stephen Drew.
Drew, 29, played for Arizona and Oakland last season. He is the brother of former Boston outfielder J.D. Drew.
Casilla to stay with Giants
Right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla has completed a $15 million, three-year contract with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Casilla, 32, was 7-6 with a 2.84 earned-run average and 25 saves for the Giants this year.
Tampa Bay signs right-hander
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez — the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona — to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million. Hernandez, 32, has pitched seven years in the majors, all with Cleveland.
Hernandez, 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA this year, was arrested last winter in the Dominican Republic on false-identity charges that were dropped when he completed a work program. Major League Baseball later suspended him for three weeks.
Former pitcher Pastore dies
Frank Pastore, a former major-league pitcher who became a Christian radio-show host, died Monday from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car while riding his motorcycle Nov. 19 on a freeway in Duarte, Calif. He was 55.
The accident came hours after Pastore pondered the risk of motorcycle riding on his radio show, in which he discussed the possibility of life after death.
“At any minute, I could be spread all over the 210 (freeway),” he said on his final show.
Reports: Badgers hire Andersen
Utah State’s Gary Andersen will replace Bret Bielema as Wisconsin’s coach, according to multiple media reports.
Andersen, 48, is 26-24 at Utah State. The 18th-ranked Aggies went 11-2 this season.
Bielema left the Badgers earlier this month to coach Arkansas.
AP adds to Manziel’s honors
Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner, was voted player of the year by The Associated Press.
Thibault is coach, GM of Mystics
Mike Thibault, a two-time WNBA coach of the year who was let go by the Connecticut Sun last month, has been hired as coach and general manager of the Washington Mystics.
The 62-year-old Thibault’s previous jobs include being a college men’s assistant coach at Saint Martin’s in Lacey, a Sonics scout and an NBA assistant coach.
The Mystics, 11-55 over the last two years, cut ties with coach/GM Trudi Lacey in September.
Superstar Messi gets extension
Lionel Messi, 25, agreed to a new contract with FC Barcelona that will keep him with the Spanish powerhouse through 2018.
Messi, a three-time world player of the year from Argentina, has scored a record 90 goals so far this year in club and national-team matches.
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They join Seattle native Fred Couples, Ken Venturi and Willie Park Jr. in the 2013 class that will be inducted May 6 in St. Augustine, Fla.
• Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher, the defending overall champion, won a World Cup slalom event in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, marred by the death of a 70-year-old gatekeeper. The gatekeeper had a history of heart problems, race organizers said.
• Brent Rathgeber, a member of Canadian parliament, said the Stanley Cup should be awarded to an amateur team if the NHL labor fight isn’t settled in time to save the hockey season.
Tuesday was the 94th day of the NHL lockout.
• Phil Mickelson, a four-time major golf champion, will not be involved with a group that bought baseball’s San Diego Padres in August, his spokesman said. In October, Mickelson said it looked promising he would be involved.
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