The more and more I think about it, the more and more it makes sense—the Mets will be trading RA Dickey this winter. RA Dickey has been an excellent Mets player, but fans cannot let their emotions get in the way of what could be one of the smartest things this Mets team can do—sell high on Dickey.
The question: Who is in the market for a 20-game-winning pitcher who comes with a price tag of $5M? The answer: everyone.
Teams will be throwing players at the Mets left and right to try and swing a deal for the knuckleballer. The Mets have the luxury of sitting back and reviewing the offers as they all come in. Dickey will be awarded to the highest bidder. It’s that simple.
There are a couple of things the Mets have to do to ensure they don’t screw this up though. First off, they have to get an established player for Dickey. They would need an outfielder that can help the team right now, or it’s not worth dealing him. Secondly, the Mets should look to trade him to an American League team. Under no circumstances should they trade him within the division (and preferably out of the National League).
Keeping those limitations in mind, here are three trade scenarios that would make the Mets think long and hard about giving up Dickey this offseason.