It’s not easy to say that you like a 38-year old pitcher is it, especially one who wants a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract that throws an uncommon pitch in an uncommon fashion. There are however plenty of MLB GM’s who apparently love R.A. Dickey.
The Mets have spoken to at least eight teams at the winter meetings that are interested in trading for the reigning NL Cy Young champion including the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Royals in the AL, and the Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Nationals in the NL. Obviously the Nats would be a long shot as it’s hard to think the Mets would trade within the division unless Washington was stupid enough to give them one of their obvious keeper kids.
Dickey will make peanuts by ace pitching standards, a paltry $5 million in 2013, but he wants a two year extension at least double that annual salary and the Mets apparently don’t think he can repeat his recent success. Dickey turned 38-years old this past October and while many argue the fact that since he’s a knuckle ball pitcher that his age shouldn’t matter, the fact that he routinely throws the pitch harder than anyone else has thrown it does merit a caution flag when contemplating committing an additional $20 million to him.
The Mets need help almost everywhere except third and short really (perhaps maybe not at first if you’re an Ike Davis guy) and you could see why they might want to deal him. As a Mets fan I’m confident in saying “I like Dickey” and I would like to see him resigned. I don’t think it will happen though as he’ll probably end up in another uniform.
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Ironically, out of the 29 other teams in MLB who don’t currently have Dickey on their roster, there are roughly 27.5% of MLB teams who appear interested in making a deal for him. You would think that would be enough to prove to the Mets that may have something good on their hands but apparently the Mets braintrust doesn’t see it that way. But hey, with a successful track record like the Mets have, why would anyone doubt them?
Apparently the Seattle Mariners are close to signing Jason Bay. I’m trying to make sense of this following the Mariners signing of Oliver Perez. I can’t help but wondering if Seattle has contacted Luis Castillo and asked him if he wants to play…
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