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The Texas Rangers have not quite had the offseason they've envisioned. They clearly want Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks, but that has yet to come to fruition. They were considered the front-runners to land Zack Greinke, but he is signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. They've lost their all-time hits leader in Michael Young via trade to the Philadelphia Phillies. And re-signing Josh Hamilton is becoming increasingly unlikely. The Rangers want to improve their pitching, and now they may turn to another hot starter on the market since they couldn't land Greinke.
Tim Sullivan of MLB.com suggests that the Michael Young trade may be the first in a series of moves that the Rangers hope will allow them to re-capture the American League West crown. Sullivan predicts the team will renew their efforts to land R.A. Dickey via trade.
Texas was initially interested in Dickey, but they soon turned their focus to Greinke. Now, the Ranger may be going after the 2012 National League Cy Young award winner again.
Dickey has commanded a lot of interest on the trade market, but the New York Mets are asking for a lot in return. They can do so knowing that Dickey is one of the hottest starters on the market and he would be under team control for the entire 2013 season. The Mets have also not ruled out the possibility of re-signing the veteran starter.
If the Rangers were to get Dickey, it would be the third pitcher they signed or traded for who was 35 or older since May. At the end of May, the Rangers signed Roy Oswalt (35). They traded for Ryan Dempster (35) at the deadline. And now they are pursuing Dickey (38). These are the types of moves we have grown to expect from the win-now mentality Yankees. However, the Rangers, after tasting the World Series in 2010 and 2011, have developed that same mentality.
Dickey is coming off a career year, but he is also coming off minor surgery. The abdominal tear he had repaired is not expected to affect his pitching in 2013, but it's more than likely that Dickey returns more toward his career numbers. The Rangers should consider this before trading the farm for him.
Dickey has a career ERA of 3.98. He posted a 20-win season this last year and had a league-high 230 strikeouts.
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The New York Mets upped the ante last night in their bid to keep Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey in the fold.
A new extension would add two years and $20 miilion to the $5 million Dickey is scheduled to earn next season, according to sources. The previous offer was said to be a two-year extension worth $16 million.
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According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets have increased their contract extension offer to R.A. Dickey to two-years for $20 million dollars.
Dickey has been asking for a two-year extension for approximately $26 million, totaling $31 million over three years. The Mets now are closer to a three-year deal worth $25 million total.
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The Dodgers’ reported deal with free agent righty Zack Greinke could have a ripple effect that impacts the trade market for the Mets’ R.A. Dickey, writes Anthony McCarron of the Daily News.
With Greinke headed to Los Angeles — he reportedly agreed to a six-year deal worth $147 million Saturday night — the Texas Rangers, a spurned Greinke suitor, may become more aggressive...