Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/14/12
Mets fans just can’t win. R.A. Dickey practically made himself a cult hero after his Cy Young season in 2012 for New York’s National League team. After releasing a book detailing his against-the-odds story, and subsequently winning major hardware, it’s not difficult to see why Dickey has become so beloved in such a short period of time. However, apparently to the Mets $6 million means more than goodwill with their fans, as according to ESPN the team expects to trade the reigning best AL pitcher as soon as Friday. Though under team control, Dickey has asked New York for a two-year, $26 million contract. The Mets, however, countered with $20 million and appear unwilling to budge. Interest in the knuckleballer is very high, with a number of teams involved in discussions with the Mets. Thursday’s signing of Josh Hamilton may make the Angels an even more likely player for Dickey, as the signing eliminated a role in the outfield for either Mark Trumbo or Peter Bourjos. The Blue Jays, too, have a surplus of catchers and outfielders.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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