Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/12/14
With David Wright signed for the next eight years, the New York Mets next order of action is to figure out what they are going to do with reigning NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey.  While negotiations have reportedly been slow, Buster Olney of ESPN recently reported that the team has increased it’s offer to the 38-year-old knuckleballer: The Mets increased their offer to R.A. Dickey, but it’s unclear whether it’s close enough to what Dickey seeks in a two-year deal. The Mets were stunned by Andy Pettitte‘s one-year, $12 million deal, coming off a year in which he made 12 starts — and, in a strange way, Pettitte is a comparable for Dickey because of his age. If Pettitte is getting $12 million now, what is Dickey’s market value after a season in which he won the Cy Young Award?” Earlier today Jim Bowden (former GM of the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals) made “5 Bold Predictions for the Winter Meetings” and #1 on that list was that the Mets would trade Dickey: Photo by Michael G. Baron With the Mets extending third baseman David Wright for eight years for about $138 million, I expect them to then turn around and trade right-hander R.A. Dickey to the Kansas City Royals or the Los Angeles Dodgers or Angels for two good prospects. Wright is the face of their franchise, their version of Chipper Jones or Derek Jeter, and it was essential they get him locked up. With the Tampa Bay Rays’ extension of Evan Longoria this past month and the Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman sewn up, as well, this was a relatively simple negotiation for general manager Sandy Alderson. In regards to Dickey, it’s more about selling high on an overachieving pitcher and being realistic on when the Mets will be ready to contend. Although the public thinks it could be sooner, realistically, the Mets won’t be contending until at least 2015.” I’ve said for some time that I believed if Wright signed a long-term extension he would likely have had some assurance from the front office that they were going to be aggressive in trying to win in the immediate future.  Increasing their offer to Dickey is one way of doing just that, but trading him for major league ready youngsters such as Wil Myers or Salvador Perez would also be moves that would help the team in the short term as well as down the road.  With Wright signed, this easily becomes the most interesting situation to monitor for Mets fans and I’d be surprised if in fact anything is done before the Winter Meetings, where Sandy Alderson can truly gauge Dickey’s market value after talking to other GMs.
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