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Rangers considering trade for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey

Dec 2, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

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The Royals have already been identified as one of the six or seven teams interested in executing a trade for the Mets’ R.A. Dickey. Now we can identify another.

From MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan comes word that the Rangers are also very interested in acquiring Dickey and plan to meet with the Mets at the annual Winter Meetings this week in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dickey was drafted 18th overall by the Rangers back in 1996 and spent close to 10 years in their system before fizzling out and then reinventing himself as a knuckleballer. Now 38 years old, he posted a 2.73 ERA and 230/54 K/BB ratio across 233 2/3 innings in 2012 on the way to winning the NL Cy Young Award.

Dickey is under contract at a salary of $5 million in 2013. He will be a free agent after that.

The Mets are said to seeking a catcher and outfield help in a return package.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I thought the Mets were seeking an entire starting lineup plus a few top-level prospects?

    • dcfan4life - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      That was then, this is now. They were reaching, got absolutely no interest with such high demands, so have come down back to earth on their expected compensation. Remember, hes only under contract for one more year so a team wont give away that much if they think he may just be a rental.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Right, it’s just interesting that they could from asking for the moon to basically asking for spare parts.

      • dcfan4life - Dec 2, 2012 at 9:24 PM

        Its the Mets…

  2. giantboy99 - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Mets should have traded Wright for prospects and then ship Dickey to Rangers for Ott and Nelson Cruz (fre agent after this season).

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I can think of another team which has a surplus in the outfield and at catcher that could use an extra starter. Texas is another team that could use a catcher and is might be a poor fit for the Mets.

    • dondada10 - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      D’Arund?

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        d’Arnaud is the best catching prospect in the minors and trading him for a 38 year pitcher with 1 year remaining on his contract would be gutsy.

      • dondada10 - Dec 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        Before Blue Jay Nation, who I know are well represented on this board, kill me with thumbs downs, I apologize for misspelling his name.

    • paperlions - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      I never thought of Sandy Alderson as a stupid man. Do you think below average players like Rasmus/Arrencibia/Buck would even be considered in a trade for Dickey? I’m not even sure Gose would be of interest, he is only 22, but he’s never hit in the minors at any level. I imagine nearly every interested team can offer more value than those players represent…even if it isn’t at a position of need for NY….you can always trade valuable players for what you need.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The Mets need younger and cheaper players with upside potential. Would they accept a package of younger players from someone? I have no idea if AA is interested in Dickey, but you can be sure that he is trying to trade for a pitcher who is better than Happ.

      • paint771 - Dec 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        I just don’t think Dickey has as much trade value as you think – and I suspect the Mets know this. You’re buying a single season of a 38-year-old pitcher almost certain to regress (and who is certain to be good, but for the Mets in 2013, so what?) Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan, but you’d get nowhere near the return you would for an ace of the Felix Hernandez variety, or frankly a hotshit 25 year old coming off a big year who had some years left on his contract. He wouldn’t command more than 20 a year on the open market, and I’d be shocked if he would even pry an organization’s top prospect.

        I’d say Dickey would likely return an everyday but not All-Star MLB player or two, + a few high upside but not top prospects – more like the kinds of returns the Marlins got, actually.

        As far as Arencibia or Buck – yes, they would consider them, because it’s a premium position. What other better catchers are out there on the FA or trade market? Seriously, I can’t think of any – and not ones that can guarantee 20+ HR a year.

        I’d say the best the Mets could get from the Jays would be an Arencibia, Rajai Davis, and one of the Lansing trio (now duo) pitching prospects.

      • dondada10 - Dec 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        How is Dickey “certain to regress”? He’s a knuckleballer.

      • paperlions - Dec 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder…but production is not….the reason the Jays have been adding so much via trade is because they guys they are replacing were below average players….just because those below average players have been replaced doesn’t make them suddenly valuable….there is a reason the Jays signed/traded for the guys they did….of course, it only takes one dumb GM to get value for those guys….I just don’t think SA is that guy….or that a package involving those guys with be anywhere near competitive in the attempt of teams to land Dickey…if he is traded.

  4. lroc20 - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    U mean Olt and Cruz, and thats absolutely ridiculous for a 38yr old knuckleballer

  5. frankdatank23 - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Rangers, the new Yankees

    • dondada10 - Dec 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      So if the Yankees sign Josh Hamilton, are they then the new Rangers?

  6. phreakin - Dec 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I smell a trade coming after the Rangers and Mets sign Dickey and Hamilton

  7. jjpileggi - Dec 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Probably a good move for both clubs. The Mets need bodies, and the Rangers need starting depth.

    John Pileggi

  8. richyballgame - Dec 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Wellll… The Mets will still get a pretty sweet haul for Dickey,even if they don’t get a mega-prospect like Myers. The cards are pretty evened out,considering knuckleballers last well into their 40s,but personally, I’d rather keep Dickey and trade Neise.

  9. buffalo65 - Dec 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    You’d be doing well to get JPA or Gose, not both for old man Dickey.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      With seven teams interested, that clearly won’t be enough.

  10. jaybird22seven - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Travis won’t be traded to any team. The players being shopped around are Buck, Gose, Arencibia, and maybe a few prospects.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      The Jays aren’t going to pay up.

  11. metroplexfrog - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    I hope the Rangers get him. A good innings eater.

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