The Mets should give Dickey a Wakefield style deal where it can just be extended every year forever.Do it @MetsGM!
— Craig Glaser (@sabometrics) March 30, 2012
This is an interesting idea by Craig Glaser aka @sabometrics on Twitter.
There are reports the Mets are thinking about exercising R.A. Dickey‘s 2013 option worth $5 million dollars.
In 2005, Tim Wakefield signed a perpetual contract that gave him a $4 million dollar option after each season. Knowing how expensive starting pitching can be, would the Mets consider something similar with Dickey?
According to Fangraphs WAR converted to Dollars, Dickey’s performance over the last two years (19-22, 3.08) has been worth about $11 million per season.
I don’t think Dickey would get that amount (at least not on a multi-year deal) due to his age (37) and the unpredictability of the knuckler.
Perhaps Sandy Alderson can offer him a perpetual option for $5 million dollars for the rest of his career. The Mets get Dickey at a value price and Dickey gets the comfort of a guaranteed contract until he retires.
Already one of the most popular Mets, Dickey’s recent autobiography will only help improve his Q-Rating amongst the fans.
For a team that has little identity, having Dickey as one of his consistent veteran statesmen isn’t a terrible idea.