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Mets didn’t get far in extension talks with R.A. Dickey

Aug 14, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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R.A. Dickey is under the Mets’ control for next season via $5 million team option, but Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the team’s recent pursuit of a contract extension for the knuckleballer didn’t get very far.

According to McCullough “earlier this season Dickey and the Mets discussed a short-term extension into at least 2014” but “the team elected to wait and observe Dickey during the course of the season.”

That was a reasonable enough stance to take with a 37-year-old knuckleballer who had zero success before 2010, but obviously Dickey’s price tag has gone up considerably since then as he’s shown little sign of slowing down and is now 15-3 with a 2.72 ERA and league-leading 166 strikeouts.

It’s hard to predict the market for Dickey, but it’s not hard to imagine multiple teams making two- and maybe even three-year offers in excess of $10 million per season on the open market.

  1. El Bravo - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Give this man the CY!

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      I second that Bravo! Well deserved.

  2. dondada10 - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Typical media fluff piece. I read the article twice looking for mention of extension talks: none. The most accurate statement is that the Mets allegedly discussed an extension, internally.

    Essentially, the article states that the Mets will exercise his option for next season and then will wait and see what happens.

    Stop the presses.

    • kkolchak - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      “earlier this season Dickey and the Mets discussed a short-term extension into at least 2014″ but “the team elected to wait and observe Dickey during the course of the season.”

      And the Mets’ record of making great decisions just continues. Seriously, how much money could they have saved themselves had they done the right thing there?

  3. cur68 - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I predict he climbs an even higher mountain in the off season and comes back in 2013 to pwn even more batters. RA gonna get PAID.

    • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Yes he be. Er, am. Er…hey, will somebody hand me that Ebonics dictionary over there…?

      • cur68 - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        I’m no expert on Ebonics but I think a “Yo” or a “Word” would suffice for succinct agreement. If you really want to emphasize it up, perhaps a “Boi-eeeeee” or two would work, but this might only apply if one is Falvour Flave. You have a big clock to hang around your neck? I think you’ll need one of those, too.

      • El Bravo - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM


  4. bigleagues - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    ALDERSON: Gosh dern, R.A. we love what you have done for us and would love to extend your contract. Would you be open to that?

    DICKEY: Well, sure.

    ALDERSON: Great! Here ya go. [pushing piece of paper across desk to Dickey]

    DICKEY: What’s this?

    ALDERSON: Your new extension! Regarding the press conference – is OK if we wait until the end of the season? We’d like to grab some headlines away from the Yanks before the playoffs begin.

    DICKEY: [still staring in disbelief at the piece of paper in front of him] Uhmmm, wait. What press conference?

    ALDERSON: To announce your extension, silly!

    DICKEY: Yeaaaah. About that. This proposal you just gave me is a per year starting point, right?

    ALDERSON: Per? Year? Hahahahah [nervous laughter] – oh R.A. you’re still such a prankster! Hhehe – that’s a 3-year deal, of course.

    DICKEY: I was kind of thinking that figure – times three . . .

    ALDERSON: [still uncomfortably chuckling] Oh stop it! My sides are splitting! he he ehe

    DICKEY: . . . starting in 2013.

    ALDERSON: Oh gosh, no more, please! I can barely breathe I’m laughing so hard.

    DICKEY: Why are you laughing? [standing up] This isn’t funny. [walking towards door]

    [Alderson’s laughing comes to a sudden stop, a very serious expression emerges]

    ALDERSON: R.A. I’m sorry. Please, don’t go!

    • kkolchak - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Classic! 😀

    • chill1184 - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      You seem to be confusing Alderson for Mike Tannenbaum.

      Troll rating 1.5

      • bigleagues - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        hahaha . . . yeahhhhh, no.

        It’s meant to be absurd. Just like it’s absurd that a 37-year-old is putting up prime time numbers – and is showing no signs of slowing down.

        At least if it were, say Wakefield (who never had a season like Dickey’s) or Phil Niekro or someone like that – there would have been a considerable track record already established at age 37 in order to determine how to proceed in setting a price and receiving value and making all parties feel giddy about the deal.

        We’re kind of witnessing uncharted territory here.

        Also are the Met’s a couple of moves and year away from contending? Or are they, say 2-3 years down the line . . . and how does Dickey fit into that?

        Not an easy situation for Alderson to be in.

  5. The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    It’s worth noting that he won’t hit the open market until the end of NEXT season, and it’s certainly not yet clear what his market value will be at that point.

    • kkolchak - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Phil Niekro pitched util he was 48…and was still an All Star at 45.

      • gammagammahey - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        Dickey didn’t start knuckleballing until his early 30’s and also throws a harder knuckleball than Niekro ever did. Directly comparing him to other knuckleballers at this stage may not be that helpful.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        Indeed. But Niekro also had a much more substantial body of work than Dickey by age 37. I’m not saying Dickey won’t be successful (and I’m rooting for him), just that one great season shouldn’t set the price tag for a 37 year old pitcher.

    • stex52 - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      I have to agree reluctantly. I would love to see Dickey do very well for himself. But the Mets have a whole year to see if he can maintain his performance. At his age they would be taking a big risk.

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