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Several teams interested in trading for R.A. Dickey

Dec 1, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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The Mets have been trying to sign R.A. Dickey to a multi-year contract extension. If it doesn’t work out, they’re likely to trade him at some point this winter.

And they will not lack for potential suitors.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets “have fielded calls from six or seven teams” that want to chat at the Winter Meetings next week in Nashville, Tennessee about what it would take to acquire the veteran knuckleballer. The Royals have already been linked, though they’ll probably want to go a little younger if possible. Heyman suspects the Mets “will seek a catcher and outfield help” in return.

Dickey won the Cy Young Award in the National League this past season after posting a fantastic 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 230/54 K/BB ratio across 233 2/3 innings of work. The 38-year-old right-hander is currently scheduled to hit the free agent market next winter. He’ll make a $5 million salary in 2013.

  1. canadabaseball - Dec 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Buck or arincibia and rasmus

    • jl9830 - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:36 AM

      Stop it.

  2. dondada10 - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    In fairness, I doubt Lewp even knows this comment exists. WordPress comments automatically when somebody reblogs one of their articles.

    • husky2score - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Too bad it got deleted and now nobody knows what you are talking about :)

  3. husky2score - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Probably not but, hope the O’s make a move. Who wouldn’t want a great knuckleballer?

  4. matckeeper - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    He would be a solid fit for the Brewers.
    The fans would love this guy first of all…he just feels like a Wisconsin kinda guy.
    And regardless of how well he is pitching he eats at least 6 innings per outing, something the Crew really needs with their below average bullpen.

  5. bigtganks - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Buy low, sell high…

  6. thedudabides - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    I’m a Met fan and think they should trade Dickey, without a doubt. It’s going to be at least 2 years until the Mets are relevant, and they have only spoke about offering dickey a two year deal. Trade him now for a real OF prospect, or a Major League ready Catcher. Dickey will never have another season like that, and his value will never be this high. Trade him. Let the dumb fans cry.

  7. cltjump - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    “Several” teams interested. No kidding?

  8. prosourcetalk - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    The Mets are looking for a catcher and outfield help in return for Dickey? Ah, so that’s why the Red Sox signed David Ross & Jonny Gomes. Well played guys.

  9. billb09 - Dec 1, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Enough nonsense baseball in the modern era any team can make a run at the playoffs and be relevant. Do not trade Dickey, the man brings a steadying presence to that staff. With the young pitchers we have and RA we can make a run. We need bats and outfielders, we should have signed Martin before Pittsburg did. Stop being pessimistic asses. They still charge big city prices for tickets, have a TV station so stop with the nonsense spend the money, reasonably find the players we need. Signing Wright was a nice step now finish the job. Trade Murphy for an outfielder, trade some other spare parts keep Neuiehaus (excuse the spelling) he reminds me of a young Andy Van Slyke. Stop being so dramatic. Or if you want to act like the A’s and Pirates bring your seat prices down to match theirs.

    • jl9830 - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      I’m ok without signing Russell Martin for 2 years and $17M. I’d much rather sign Soto for 1 year.

  10. joegolfer - Dec 2, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    I know he’s said he’d like to stay with the Mets. Don’t know if he’s a 5 and 10 man, but if he does get traded, I hope it is to a contender and not a pretender. He’s a class act, a Cy Young winner now, and he deserves to pitch for a team with a legit chance to make the playoffs and maybe win it all, as he’s not getting any younger, even if a knuckleball pitcher does typically last longer than others.

    • albertmn - Dec 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      He is not 5 and 10. Although, this being the internet, you could have checked that in about a minute and a half.

  11. Just a Fan - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I am sure Detroit is in on this too. J.V., Scherzer, Dickey, Sanchez(still trying to sign him back), and a young arm to fill the 5th. WOW that would be impressive.

    • joerymi - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      One problem: they have very few tradable assets. The big minor league asset they do have (Nick Castellanos) isn’t being moved for a 38 year old.

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