After months of speculation and days of intense negotiation, one of the most dramatic trades in Mets history is official: Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays, and signed a contract extension with his new team.

The Daily News was first to report that the deal was done.

In the deal, the Mets receive one of the best catching prospects in baseball, 23-year-old Travis d'Arnaud, and the Blue Jays' top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard. Veteran John Buck, who will actually make more money than Dickey this season, also comes to the Mets. Catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas are headed to Toronto, and minor league outfielder Wuilmer Becerra joins the Mets' system. No money was exchanged.

A person with knowledge of Dickey's agreement with Toronto told The News that the 38-year-old knuckleballer received a two-year, $25 million contract extension, for a guarantee of $30 million over three years. The source said that the Blue Jays hold a $12 million club option for 2016.

Dickey never asked for more than a three-year, $31 million guarantee from the Mets, and the team would have retained him if it had not received an offer of two top prospects. All through the winter meetings in Nashville earlier this month, general manager Sandy Alderson operated on two fronts: Negotiating with Dickey's agent, and discussing trades with other teams.

Early suitors included the Blue Jays, Yankees, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Brewers and Red Sox, but negotiations did not advance, and Alderson returned to New York leaning toward keeping Dickey.

"Were we not able to get the quality in return," Alderson said on a Monday evening conference call. "I expect R.A. would have remained a Met."

Early last week, the team indicated a willingness to increase its offer to three years, $25 million. Then, on Tuesday, Dickey rankled some team officials by answering questions about the negotiation at the team holiday party at Citi Field.

Mets people insisted that the incident did not lead the team to trade Dickey, pointing to Zack Greinke's signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers and James Shields' trade from Tampa Bay to Kansas City as the events that precipitated the Dickey deal. Toronto, having already traded for Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle, was in win-now mode and seeking an ace.

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