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Mets and R.A. Dickey avoid arbitration, agree to two-year deal

Jan 29, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

RA Dickey pitch

UPDATE: Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the deal is worth about $8 million.

11:13 PM, Friday: The Mets might be hard up for cash, but they just signed one of their pitchers to a multi-year contract.

According to Andy Martino, the Mets and R.A. Dickey avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract with a club option for 2013, pending a physical.

The new deal covers his final arbitration season and at least his first year of free agency. Exact terms aren’t yet known, but Dickey requested $4.7 million and was offered $3.35 million from the Mets when arbitration figures were exchanged last Tuesday.

The 36-year-old knuckleballer was a revelation for the Mets last season, posting a 2.84 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 104/42 K/BB ratio over 174 1/3 innings.

I’m expecting something in the range of two years and $8-9 million, maybe a little more in the form of a buyout. If Dickey can prove that last season wasn’t a fluke, the Mets will have done very well here.

UPDATE: Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that including the option and potential incentives, Dickey could make $13 million over the length of the contract.

  1. Ari Collins - Jan 28, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    I think that’s a big if, though. The last knuckleballer aside from Tim Wakefield to have two very good years in a row… actually, Wakefield hasn’t really ever done that either.

    Granted, it’s not a huge outlay, and if the gamble pays off they’ll most likely have two cheap FA years, but it’s still very very likely to be $5M-$8M wasted.

  2. writtenbyross - Jan 29, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    I’ve never gotten this guys name, possibly because I’ve never known anyone that goes by initials. Is that common? Do his friends call him R.A.? R? I’m guessing they don’t call him Dickey.

    Why am I putting so much thought into this?

  3. Old Gator - Jan 29, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    It’s an incentive laden contract. Dickey also gets bonus money for every inbred Wilpon child he teaches to read.

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