The case of right-hander R.A. Dickey is a curious one. He is 38 years old, and until his recent union with the New York Mets has never shown the ability to have sustained success.
However, with his knuckleball fluttering around, Dickey won the NL Cy Young Award in 2012, leading the league in strikeouts. He became the first Mets pitcher to win 20 or more games since 1990 and looked practically unbeatable for most of the season.
Dickey's contract is due to expire at the end of the 2013 season. So the Mets are in a precarious situation as the Winter Meetings take place in Nashville, Tenn. They have been trying to work out an extension to keep Dickey in Queens for the foreseeable future.
But the team has also been looking at trade options, hoping that the veteran's value is high enough to return top prospects in a potential deal.
Right now, Dickey would join Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey in the rotation. (Mike Pelfrey was non-tendered on Friday).
As difficult as it may be, if the Mets trade Dickey, someone will have to replace him. The Mets don't have much money to spend on free agents. So just who could the Mets tab to take Dickey's place if they should trade him? Let's take a look.