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From a baseball standpoint, it makes sense for the Mets to trade NL Cy Young Winner R.A. Dickey.
The Mets are unlikely to compete in the next year or two, and even though Dickey is a knuckleballer, at 38 years old it's unlikely he'll be part of the next Mets playoff team. Plus, with the surplus of starting pitching the Mets seem to have, he could be used to acquire an outfielder or above-average hitting prospect.
But the Mets' front-office doesn't want to wave the white flag to fans before the 2013 season even starts, which partially explains why they've held on to him so far and are trying to negotiate an extension.
Dickey is reportedly asking for a two year deal and $26 million, while the Mets just upped their offer to two years and $20 million.
The two sides can probably bridge their differences, if they want to, although I believe that Sandy Alderson understands that from a baseball side the team should trade him.
I don't get the sense that they will, but if a team like the Rangers or Blue Jays blows them away with an offer, Alderson will have a way to sell the trade to fans and acquire talent in return.