INDIAN WELLS, Ca. – Assorted notes from the GM meetings:
*I already can hear the New York Mets’ spin on right-hander R.A. Dickey now – the tried and true “Greedy Ballplayer” theory.
Dickey, the Mets will say, wanted too much in a contract extension, so the team traded him rather than get suckered into a bad deal.
Such a portrayal simply would not be accurate.
The Mets, sources say, have shown little actual interest in negotiating with Dickey, who is under contract for next season at $5 million.
Instead, they’re discussing him in trades at the general managers’ meetings – and if they get the right deal, they will just move on.
Trading Dickey, 38, probably is the right thing for the Mets to do, considering all of their holes. But the Mets intend to pin this on Dickey, they first need to make him a substantial offer.
That, sources say, has not happened.
*The Yankees are out of the Justin Upton sweepstakes, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.