Knuckle-balling Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey could be traded by the Mets this offseason if he and the team can't work out an extension.
His value has never been higher, and the Mets would likely receive a big haul in return. If they can't work out an extension, trading him one year before he hits free agency, at 38 years old, would make sense.
Should the Mets do so, there will likely be quite a few teams lined up to make an offer. Here are five teams that must trade for Dickey this offseason.
The Blue Jays could continue to add to their starting rotation.
Yes, the Toronto Blue Jays could very well be done with their offseason spending spree, having already acquired several big names. However, if there is one spot that they may not yet be finished, it is here in the starting rotation.
Blue Jays management and ownership have shown the willingness to spend, and spend big, when they see that the move is right for the team at the time. With another opening remaining in the starting rotation that struggled in 2012, could a trade for R.A. Dickey be another one of those moves?
The Blue Jays would have the necessary prospects to get the deal done, but it would more so be a matter of providing the salary in the extension talks.
The Blue Jays are and will remain as an under-the-radar team in trade talks for Dickey, but based on what they've done so far this offseason, it could happen.
The Rangers rotation wasn't good enough for playoff success in 2012.
If the Rangers lose out on the Zack Greinke sweepstakes, or even if they don't, they could turn their attention to R.A. Dickey.
In 2012, even though the Rangers had added Yu Darvish, the rotation was somewhat disappointing. Finishing with a 20th ranked ERA at 4.30, they will no doubt look to improve.
With the possibility that they could be outbid in their hopes of resigning Josh Hamilton, the Rangers could have even more money to spend. A possible trade for, and extension pursuit of, Dickey would help the rotation immensely.
Considering their deep pockets, as well as starting pitching need, the Rangers should be a front-runner for Dickey this offseason.
AJ Burnett enjoyed one of his best seasons in 2012.
In 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates showed flashes of their potential, but eventually faded down the stretch. They do indeed have some pieces in place, but will still need more.
Adding R.A. Dickey would be a huge move for this team, as their rotation would suddenly become an overall strength. With the resurgence of A.J. Burnett, as well as the success James MacDonald, Kevin Correia and Wandy Rodriguez, Dickey would fit in the group nicely.
With the lineup having come around, and the Pirates already adding Russell Martin this offseason, a rotation looking like this could be just what they need. Adding Dickey would be a huge help in getting the Pirates to the playoffs for the first time in a very long time.
The Angels could very well lose Zack Greinke to free agency.
Quite possibly going to lose Zack Greinke to free agency this offseason, the Angels will need to look elsewhere to fill the void in the rotation. What better way to do that than with the reigning Cy Young Award winner?
The Angels would have the necessary money to get an extension done upon acquisition, and there is no question that the need is there. For them, it will be a matter of parting with the necessary prospects, and putting together a package better than that of any other teams involved.
The Angels are no stranger to big splashes through the trade market, and could easily become a realistic destination for R.A. Dickey once Greinke signs somewhere in free agency. Dickey would help them to see the success that has been expected, but not yet achieved, in light of recent big acquisitions.
The Red Sox rotation struggled significantly in 2012.
Near the end of the 2012 season, the Red Sox made big news by trading away a trio of stars and thus unloading a lot of future salary.
Now with a lot of money to spend in hopes of getting the club back at a competitive level, the Red Sox are the No. 1 team that needs to trade for R.A. Dickey.
In 2012, Boston's starting rotation came in near the bottom of MLB with a collective ERA of 5.19. R.A. Dickey finished his season at 20-6 with an ERA of 2.73.
Should the Red Sox be willing to part with the necessary prospects to complete this trade, they would no doubt be able to work out an extension to make it all the more worthwhile. This, in tandem with some other moves, could help to quickly bring them back among the AL East elite.