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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:
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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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According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets continue to feel underwhelmed by trade offers for R.A. Dickey at the Winter Meetings. He adds that the Mets remain undecided about whether to sign or trade him, according to ‘people involved.’
This is no big surprise. As I stated a couple of days ago, all these “pie in the sky” expectations that the Mets would be able...
At seasons end Dickey called he and Wright a “package deal.”
Now that the Mets have locked up David Wright to an extension, they will probably shift their attention to the 2012 Cy Young award winner, RA Dickey. Could it be the reason why David Wright agreed to sign on the dotted line was because he and Dickey are truly a package deal, and now the Mets are going to lock up Dickey...
At first glance, the eight-year, $138 million deal David Wright signed early Friday morning didn’t appeal to many. Originally, reports indicated that the Mets wanted to offer a little less than $120 million, and the Wright camp started out well above $140 million, so I was very surprised that the two sides settled for such a high amount. However, when you dig deeper into the deal...
Updated Post 8:45 PM
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets have fielded six or seven calls from teams that would like to meet at the Winter Meetings and discuss trading for R.A. Dickey. Heyman also says that Sandy Alderson has been given clearance to pursue trading Dickey.
The Mets and Dickey have been trying to work out a contract extension for two months...
Updated on 12/2 by Joe D. at 4:45 PM
Jim Bowden of ESPN XM tweets that despite RA Dickey describing progress in negotiations…a source involved in negotiations says both sides aren’t even close to a deal
Updated on 12/2 by Joe D. at 2:45 PM
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, reported that R.A. Dickey has just arrived at the Winter Meetings. Dickey, who lives in Nashville, has repeatedly...
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Time to give credit where credit is due.
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On Monday all 30 GMs, along with a handful of players, agents, and other baseball folks, will all come together in R.A. Dickey’s hometown of Nashville, TN for the Winter Meetings. Personally, this is one of my favorite weeks in all of baseball. This is when the Hot Stove really gets cooking, so all you crabby Mets fans who keep complaining the front office isn’t doing anything...
ESPN’s Buster Olney writes that the Mets have 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.
Early this morning news came down that the Mets and David Wright agreed on a contract extension. That’s good news in that the Mets can cross that off the “to do” list and move on to other matters. With the Winter Meetings right around the corner, hopefully that means Sandy Alderson can look to address the outfield problem, either by trade or free agent signing.
The old adage...
That sound that you just heard was the sound of Mets fan everywhere breathing a sigh of relief.
After losing Jose Reyes to free agency last winter and the team’s lack of funds, the signing of David Wright to a 7 year, 122 million dollar extension is viewed as a signal that the team is committed to putting a better team on the fielded in 2013 and beyond.
Having Wright go in to...
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This potential deal makes a ton of sense for both sides, but particularly for the Dodgers.
As solid as Capuano...
The Mets finally lit the hot stove last week with the extension to David Wright, and now they head into Nashville with a lot to do, but a lot of different ways to do it.
There are three items that must be accomplished in Nashville, and they are all related to each other:
- Dickey’s future must be determined
- At least one OF’er must be acquired
- The Mets will decide whether...