The news broke yesterday that the New York Mets, in their attempt to keep their 38-year old Cy Young Award winner, would offer R.A. Dickey a two-year deal. The deal would be a two-year extension as Dickey is still under contract with the Mets through next season.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Dickey would be looking for at least $20 million over the two-year extension. He will make $5 million next season, but after his 2012 performance, Dickey is due a hefty raise - even at his age.
As we discussed previously here, Dickey had a minor surgical procedure after the season ended. The surgery to repair an abdominal tear should not affect his offseason program, and he should be in great shape for spring training. The surgery has had little to no effect on Dickey's contract negotiations.
The Mets are hoping to have a deal in place between now and the winter meetings in December, but with Dickey under contract for next season, they have plenty of time to negotiated or trade the veteran knuckleballer.
Dickey has pitched in the Majors for ten seasons now. He has a career record of 61-56 and a career ERA of 3.98. This past season was his best by far. Dickey went 20-6 on the year with a 2.73 ERA. He also led the National League in strikeouts with 230. It was a year that brought the knuckleball back to the forefront of the public's imagination. The dying pitch has been mastered by few and perfected by even less. Perhaps this season is indicative of Dickey perfecting the pitch finally. We'll see if the Mets are willing to take a $20 million gamble on that bet.
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