The New York Mets had two priorities going into the offseason. They wanted to sign both third baseman David Wright and pitcher R.A. Dickey to contract extensions.
Last week, The Mets signed Wright for an agreement on a seven-year, $122 million deal. As for Dickey, however, the Mets have either decided that they can’t negotiate a new contract or the team is better off trading him to another club looking for a No. 1 starter. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has apparently decided to see what kind of deal he can get for R.A. Dickey.
Alderson spent his first full day at the winter meetings fielding inquiries from teams about the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner. Dickey is signed through the 2013 season at $5 million but is seeking a contract extension to pay him more appropriately for his award winning status.
The Boston Red Sox are one of eight teams that have contacted the Mets about acquiring Dickey. It has been indicated that the Mets asked the Red Sox for outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and shortstop Xander Bogaerts as the price for Dickey. Yes, Dickey has a combined 2.95 ERA for the Mets over the past three season and has a mastered knuckleball pitch, but is he worth the team’s top two position prospects?