There has been TOO much talk about the Mets keeping/trading R.A. Dickey without any real discussion over what they think they could realistically get for a 37-year old Cy Young. It’s great that he throws a pitch that’s easy on the arm and has shown remarkably good health but age is always a concern and just as the Mets are more eager to trade Dickey than David Wright because of age… so to are teams willing to pay more for a player in his prime.
Step 1: Trade Candidates
Identify teams who have a need for Dickey. Those who have obvious holes in their rotations and play in competitive divisions that they think they might actually stand a chance in. The reasoning is that a team who feels like they need Dickey in 2013 is going to pay more than a team who would merely like to have Dickey in 2013. The reports I’ve heard have linked 12 teams to interest in Dickey. I’m going to venture 10:
Atlanta Braves – Atlanta is still a well built team and the Nationals have not yet pulled away...