NEW YORK (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays tried Sunday night to close a trade for New York Mets ace R.A. Dickey, with the deal hinging on whether the NL Cy Young winner could work out a new contract.
The Mets would get prized catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud. There was speculation Toronto also would receive catcher Josh Thole while sending catcher John Buck and minor league pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the Mets.
Dickey, a 38-year-old knuckleballer, was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA last season. He is signed for $5.25 million next year, and the Mets started exploring trades after they couldn't agree to a contract adding two years.
D'Arnaud, who turns 24 in February, hit .333 at Triple-A Las Vegas with 16 homers and 52 RBIs. He tore a knee ligament in June and had season-ending surgery.
The Los Angeles Angels and Texas also had been interested in Dickey.
Out of the playoffs since winning their second straight World Series championship in 1993, the Blue Jays have been aggressive this offseason in reshaping their roster. They acquired pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle and shortstop Jose Reyes in a trade with the Miami Marlins and signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.
Dickey drew attention earlier this month when he showed up at the baseball winter meetings in Nashville - he lives in Tennessee, near the hotel where the gathering was held.
Last week, Dickey ruffled Mets management when he spoke about his contract situation during a team event at Citi Field for children displaced from their schools by Superstorm Sandy.
Dickey said it ``would be disappointing'' if he merely played out his option year and became a free agent.
``If that's the decision that they make, I feel like it would be unfortunate because it probably is going mean that I'm not going to be back,'' Dickey said at the event. ``And that would be sad.''
The Atlanta Falcons play host to the Washington Redskins in their penultimate preseason game.
The Redskins will be looking to solidify their lineup with Trent Williams still holding out over a new contract, and Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and Dwayne Haskins competing for the starting quarterback job.
This year during the preseason, Redskins fans can participate in a one-of-a-kind broadcast, Predict The Game, where fans can win cash prizes each quarter. This live viewing experience will be on NBC Sports Washington Plus with the regular game broadcast aired on NBC Sports Washington.
PREDICT THE GAME HOW TO WATCH
What is this broadcast? Predict The Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 30 questions that will appear on screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict The Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of the contest will be revealed during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.
Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).
Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktop, iOS and Android devices.
How do I win? Fans will earn points for correct predictions, with the top eligible scorer at the end of the game earning or splitting the $500 prize.
Fans must enter Predict The Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.
REDSKINS at FALCONS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons, 2018-19 NFL Preseason Game
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
When: Thursday, August 22, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Redskins at Falcons game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).
Live Stream: You can live stream Redskins at Falcons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
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It's one of the most exciting components during the beginning of a new franchise or league: finding out the team names.
On Wednesday, the XFL finally revealed the names for their debut franchises.
Within the group is a team that's based out of a nation's capital. Sticking with that theme, they'll be known as the D.C. Defenders.
Whether you like the name or not, one thing is for sure: The defensive side better be stout or the jokes will fly.
In addition to the Defenders, the Seattle Dragons and Dallas Renegades are among the seven other teams in the league.
The XFL is preparing to launch in 2020, with Pep Hamilton in line to be the head coach of the Defenders. Hamilton last spent time at the University of Michigan as an assistant head coach during the 2017-18 season and carries with him a great deal of NFL coaching experience.
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