Should the New York Mets not extend R.A. Dickey's contract and trade him instead, it would not surprise his agent Bo McKinis. The Mets have been working on a possible extension since the 2012 season drew to a close. However, the trade market for Dickey is as hot as it will ever be. There is a chance New York could get a fantastic deal in return.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says the team and Dickey's agent have met regarding a contract, but the Mets have also met with other teams at the winter meetings about a possible trade. McKinis would not be shocked if a deal was completed to trade Dickey.
"It's hard to gauge," McKinnis told ESPNNewYork.com. "We have enough of a difference of opinion that if R.A. does get traded, I can't say I would be surprised. I'm not saying that's our first choice, but if it happens, I'm not going to be surprised."
Dickey won the National League Cy Young this past season. It was a year for the ages. The aging knuckleballer figured out a way to harness his mystery pitch and use it to strike out a league-high 230 batters. He posted a 2.73 ERA and won 20 games. It was the best season in Dickey's career, and the Mets understand the value in that. Baseball, like most sports, is a game in which short-term memory often wins out, even if it is irrational.
Dickey has spent 10 years in the league, and he has been good. But he hasn't been great. Prior to this season's breakout, Dickey had a career ERA over 4.00. Now, he is sitting on an ERA of 3.98 for his career. He is 38 years old. Yet despite all this, a team is going to make a great offer to the Mets because of Dickey's performance in 2012. And the Mets just might take it.
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