Found November 08, 2012 on Fox Sports:
After much talk the past few years, the Tampa Bay Rays finally appear ready to trade a starting pitcher. In fact, they could even trade two, considering that they've got eight to choose from. So, is there a scenario in which the Rays could move both left-hander David Price and righty James Shields? Of course, if the respective prices are right. The Rays, though, are more likely to deal just one starter. And industry sources are skeptical that they will trade Price or Shields, given the weakened state of the AL East. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox surely will make improvements, but rarely in recent times have the two superpowers appeared this vulnerable in November. The Rays control Shields for two more seasons and Price for three. They could trade righty Jeremy Hellickson or even lefty Matt Moore for a big bat, and be a serious contender again next season. One rival executive says there is "no chance" the Rays will move Price, but next offseason could be a different story. The team likely will be unable to sign Price long-term, and his trade value - with two years of control remaining - still will be high. DICKEY: WHAT ARE THE METS THINKING? Many in the industry believe that the Mets, by talking about trading right-hander R.A. Dickey, are trying to leverage the knuckleballer into accepting a club-friendly contract extension. There are three problems with that strategy: -Dickey might not bring back much in a trade, even if he wins the NL Cy Young Award. True, he is a bargain next season at $5 million, but players entering their free-agent years generally do not yield strong returns. A number of executives believe that Dickey needs to be in a pitcher-friendly ballpark, limiting the number of teams that could have interest. The fact that Dickey is 38 also could lessen the Mets' return. -Dickey might not be hellbent on staying with the Mets. Sure, his profile is greater in New York, but he already has written a book and soon may win the Cy. How much more attention does he actually need? If Dickey is like most players, he wants to win a World Series. He isn't a career Met like third baseman David Wright, and the team doesn't figure to contend anytime soon. Viewed from that perspective, there isn't much reason for him to stay, much less give the Mets a discount. -Dickey actually deserves a good contract. Yes, his age is a concern. Yes, he throws a "trick" pitch. But Dickey's performance the past three seasons is nearly as good as Johan Santana's was in his last three years with the Minnesota Twins before he joined the Mets. Dickey, 2010-12: 616 2/3 innings, 2.95 ERA, .663 opponents' OPS. Santana, 2005-07: 684 1/3 innings, 2.99 ERA, .630 opponents' OPS. No one would suggest that Dickey merits a deal anywhere close to Santana's six-year, $137.5 million contract with the Mets; Santana was nine years younger than Dickey when he signed the deal and a left-handed ace. But if the game is about performance, then what exactly is the case against Dickey, other than age? NAKAJIMA: HE'S BACK! Remember shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, who stayed in Japan last offseason rather than accept a part-time role with the Yankees after they won his bidding rights with a $2 million posting fee? Well, now Nakajima is a free agent coming off another strong season with the Seibu Lions, trying to choose between major league teams and Japanese clubs. The Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks are among the teams that are at least mildly intrigued, given the shortage of quality shortstops in both the trade and free-agent markets. Nakajima, who will play next season at 30, also could be an option at second base for the San Francisco Giants, who are trying to re-sign free agent Marco Scutaro. The problem for Nakajima is that few Japanese infielders have succeeded in the majors, making teams skeptical. Still, he has been a remarkably consistent performer in Japan, winning Gold Gloves the past two seasons and batting .312 with an .867 OPS during the past five years. DEMPSTER: MILWAUKEE-BOUND? Count the Milwaukee Brewers among the teams interested in free-agent right-hander Ryan Dempster, particularly now that the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing greater interest in other pitchers. The Dodgers tried to acquire Dempster before the non-waiver deadline, but they're reluctant to award a multi-year contract to a pitcher who will turn 36 on May 3. Dempster, while pitching in the NL, had a 2.66 ERA in 101 1/3 innings at Milwaukee's Miller Park.

Report: Mets shopping Dickey

The Mets reportedly are unwilling to sign the 38-year-old knuckleballer to a contract extension, so the rumor is the team is seeking out a trade partner.

Mets Could Have Dickey Signed Before End Of This Month

Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger added some more depth to what R.A. Dickey had to say about his contract talks, the Mets, and the direction of the team. “He’s convinced me,” Dickey said before being honored by the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter at the New York Marriott Marquis. “I think the Mets are moving in the right direction, that’s for sure. I certainly...

Report: Mets considering dealing Dickey

While New York Mets starter and National League Cy Young Award finalist R.A. Dickey expressed optimism regarding his discussions on a contract extension, the team may be gauging trade interest, according to multiple reports. Dickey, 38, went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA last season, and struck out 230 batters. The Mets picked up his 2013 option for $5 million, and are discussing a long...

Mets seeking to trade R.A. Dickey as contract talks stall

R.A. Dickey had been talking with the New York Mets about a contract extension. Now it appears the New York Mets are fielding offers for the 38-year-old  knuckleballer. It was assumed that the Mets would make an extension with Dickey a top priority this off season. Dickey is under contract for the 2013 season afor [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full...

While Mets Are Shopping Dickey, They Are Negotiating A Longterm Deal With Wright

Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says while no new Mets contract is close to happening with David Wright, there’s still said to be some optimism that a deal with their best player will eventually happen. No trade talks involving Wright are on the horizon, and the Mets will instead continue to talk to Wright and his representatives exclusively. There’s always been a feeling something...

Assorted notes from the GM's meetings

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While James Shields, and more recently Jeremy Hellickson, have been the two Tampa Bay Rays’ starting pitchers most mentioned in trade discussions, there are now rumblings that the team could part ways with left-hander David Price in exchange for a big bat this offseason, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. So, is there a scenario in which the Rays could move both...

R.A. Dickey: The Market’s Other Ace

R.A. Dickey was just recently announced as a finalist for the 2012 National League Cy Young Award. Depending on who you ask, he might well be the favorite to win. R.A. Dickey was just earlier Thursday reported to be the subject of trade conversations. Joel Sherman talked about it, Ken Rosenthal talked about it, and others have talked about it. Right now team executives are all hanging...

New York Mets won't trade Ike Davis, will listen on RA Dickey

The New York Mets have done a bit of an about-face in recent days regarding two of their more valuable trade assets. The team will not be trading first baseman Ike Davis, a decision likely spurred on by Lucas Duda's broken wrist, but will apparently be listening on NL Cy Young finalist RA Dickey. Keeping Davis around is something we've advocated since the end of the regular...

Yankees Hot Stove: RA Dickey

New York Yankees Brian Cashman is one of 30 GMs in Indian Wells, Californiaat the annual GM meetings, where the biggest news happens in hotel suites as it is considered baseball’s annual trade fair. R. A. Dickey (Photo credit: Wikipedia) GMs offer up players they are willing to listen to offers on, as trades and free-agent signings are typical with usually at least one or two blockbuster...

Regardless Of What You May Think, The New York Mets Have A Bright Future

Hang Tough: Better days are coming. Mets fans have had a solid month to reflect after another disappointing season in 2012. For some of us, it has been a time to cool off. While many fans may not be happy about the direction of the team–I assure you, things are going to get better. It may not look like it right now, but the Mets do have a bright future. Everyone gets caught up...

Your Grocer's Freezer Of Love (And Hate)

Thursday was one of those days where nothing substantial happened, yet there's a lot of talking points, one-liners, and grocery jokes out there. Just your typical Mets off-season day, right?Just the R.A. Dickey news is enough to make your head spin. You've got Ken Rosenthal saying that the Mets are shopping him around. Then you have Sandy Alderson saying that the focus is...

Mets Looking For Young Power Hitter, Won’t Trade Ike

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets will not be trading Ike Davis, despite the original plan of possibly moving him to capitalize on his value and allow Lucas Duda to play first. Sandy Alderson has a track record of putting high value on the ability to hit for power, and if R.A. Dickey were to be traded, Alderson would be looking for a power hitter, preferably...
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