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R.A. Dickey wants a three-year deal

Dec 4, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

R.A. Dickey AP

Remember last week when it was reported that R.A. Dickey would be cool with a straight two-year extension? Yeah, about that. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears differently:

While it is being portrayed that Dickey only seeks a two-year deal on top of the existing $5 million owed in 2013, a team insider said that’s not how it is being communicated to the organization right now. Or, the source added, right now it is three years worth of money being sought.

So it’s more money, even if it isn’t a longer commitment.  I can see that being reasonable, though. The issue with Dickey is the time in my view.

As for the “three years worth of money” thing, the Mets are market leaders in backloading and otherwise structuring deals, so it may make a lot of sense for them to figure out how to do that with Dickey — perhaps front-loading him — in order to better-align his paychecks and his likely value to the team.

  1. dcfan4life - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    This may be the reason the Mets have had trouble garnering serious interest from other teams regarding a trade for Dickey. Most teams dont want a 1 year rental, but also dont want to lock up a 38 year old for a 3 year deal for a total of 4 years either. Knuckleballer or not, thats a high risk situation.

    • hammyofdoom - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Well, that plus the incredibly high price in terms of prospects that they attached to him in trade discussions (if the Bogaerts/Bradly Jr. rumor is true). They’re in a tricky spot: no one is going to pay premier money for a 1 year rental, and no one is going to want to lock him up until he’s 42. The Mets are looking kinda screwed here

      • dcfan4life - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        If the Mets discover during the winter meetings what the max they can get for Dickey, regardless of what that is, they should take it. Build for later with prospects, and become competitive again. As this season showed for the Mets, one Cy Young caliber pitcher really cant make that much of a difference without a bullpen and defense.

  2. dodger88 - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    If by 3 years he means tearing up the current 2013 contract and negotiating one that covers 2013-2015, it would make sense for most teams and limit the risk.

    As for front loading the contract, I think more teams should do that. Not only are you more likely to pay what they are worth in the early years it would make it easier to unload the contract in the later years.

  3. billb09 - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Reading comprehension. 3 year deal, renew existing and two more. So tear up 1 year 5 mil. and start new deal this upcoming season. Works for all parties concerned. Why not give him 3 years 36 million instead of 2 years at 29 – 30 and one for 5 (35 mil). Make it 10, 13, & 8 with 5 million bonus package and get it done.

  4. fearthabird52 - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I want an ipad

  5. greatdayfortwo - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Is Bobby Bonilla still collecting pay checks from the Metsies?

  6. poohman1975 - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Still collecting paychecks? Bonilla just started last year, he’ll be getting them for another 20 years.

  7. edelmanfanclub - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    The picture above was Dickey’s reaction to reports surfacing of his interest being a 2 year deal

  8. fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    back loading isn’t bad, some guys can’t be trusted with their money and they get interest as well.

    Dickey has to shoot for the stars, he won that ugly wooden plaque thing given to the best pitcher.
    reports outta the meeting’s is many teams are kicking the tires because Dickey is under contract
    and Sandy said he would take a look at a significant type player in a trade.

    get your popcorn fellas.

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