The New York Mets and Cy Young-winning starting pitcher R.A. Dickey are no closer to a contract extension than they have been at any point since the offseason began, and the likelihood that the star pitcher could be traded has continued to grow.
ESPN baseball insider Jayson Stark is reporting on where the Mets stand with Dickey and which teams could be potential trade destinations:
UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 10:00 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
As the trade talks continue to swirl around New York Mets Cy young winning starting pitcher R.A. Dickey, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting on how many teams are actually talking to the Mets about a deal:
The Mets have talked to at least eight teams regarding a possible trade for N.L. Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, and according to sources, they include the Royals, Orioles, Rangers, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Nationals. Of the eight, the Nats are least likely because the Mets prefer to trade outside the division.
With the MLB Winter Meetings starting to heat up, New York will likely sign the starting pitcher to an extension soon or deal the defending CY Young winner while his stock is as high as it will ever be.
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This confirms the report from Jorge Arangure Jr. of the New York Times that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson suggested if a contract extension couldn’t be reached with Dickey, the team would deal the star pitcher.
How should the Mets handle R.A. Dickey?
What It Means
After becoming the first knuckleballer to ever win the Cy Young Award this past season, Dickey is trying to ensure that he capitalizes on this notoriety by grabbing his extension or new contract now, while his career is at its peak.
At 38 years old, Dickey knows that there is no time to waste and must take advantage of his recent success with a big contract. As for the Mets, they must understand Dickey’s situation and deal the veteran while his value is through the roof.
New York is not looking to win right now, and trading away a Cy Young pitcher will afford the team some serious assets for the future.
The issues with working a deal for a 38-year-old Cy Young winner are how long he will maintain such a high level of production and how much his services are truly worth.
The Mets must keep their expectations low on the trade front because of the anomaly that Dickey’s season was in 2012. New York won't get the best prospects, but the team will get plenty of worthy players.
With the Texas Rangers and other teams so close to reaching a championship level once again this season, the addition of a solid arm like Dickey’s in the rotation is an investment that every team would be wise to make.