What is the Mets’ Next Move with Dickey?
It has become increasingly clear that the New York Mets are unwilling to offer reigning NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey a contract extension – at least not one suitable to him. They have reportedly gone as high as 2 years, 20 million dollars, or slightly better than the deal landed by reigning Los Angeles Area Hot Dog Eating Contest champion Joe Blanton.
The issue for the Mets, of course, is Dickey’s age; the knuckle-baller is 38 years old. While knuckle-ballers have a longer shelf-life than typical pitchers, you can’t exactly bank on them being worth 15 million dollars a year as 39 and 40 year-olds.
This has led to speculation that the Mets may be willing to trade their ace.
The Toronto Blue Jays have been mentioned as a possible suitor. The latest trade talks have involved a package centered around J.P. Arencibia, a catcher with a .275 career on-base percentage.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been mentioned as well – their deal would involve Peter Bourjos and/or Mark Trumbo.
The Orioles are reportedly in the mix as well, and you know that Texas – after missing out on Greinke and Hamilton – will want to be in on the action.
So, readers of Dugout Central – where do you see the Mets sending Dickey for the last year of his current deal, and what kind of a haul do you think he produces?