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Report: R.A. Dickey more likely to stay with the Mets than be traded

Dec 8, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey reacts to the crowd after getting his 20th win of the season after the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York Reuters

The future of R.A. Dickey was a popular topic at this week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, but it’s increasingly likely that he’ll be pitching in Queens again next season.

Marc Carig of New York Newsday was told by a person familiar with the situation that there is a “growing sense” that the Mets will pass on trade offers because they feel they aren’t good enough to trade the 2012 Cy Young Award winner. The Rangers, Blue Jays and Royals are believed to be the most interested suitors, but the Mets haven’t found a deal to their liking yet. There should be more clarity on the situation once Zack Greinke makes a decision on where to sign.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said following David Wright‘s press conference earlier this week that Dickey could remain with the Mets in 2013 without an extension and Carig was told that there’s “no guarantee” that a new deal will be worked out. It’s in Dickey’s best interests to get an extension done now while it’s unlikely his trade value will ever be higher, so that’s obviously not an ideal scenario for either side.

Dickey, 38, owns a 2.95 ERA over three seasons with the Mets. It’s believed that he’s looking for a two-year extension in the range of $25 million.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    As far as the Jays being interested suitors, that “interest” was greatly overblown. During the winter meetings, AA consistently said that he was not in ongoing trade talks with any team. He said that the longest conversation that he had about any potential trade lasted no more than 3 min.

  2. chill1184 - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Personally I would give Dickey 3/30 with a 4th year option.

  3. ocon171 - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    AA may have said that but he’s always one to hold his cards close to his chest so who knows where the truth lies

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      AA has said many times “if you hear a rumour about us, it’s almost always not true”.

  4. randygnyc - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    The mets lack of commitment just proves that they believe Dickey pitched over his head last year. They think he won’t pitch to a $12.5 million level the next 2 years. At least they’ll get $5million worth this year.

  5. thekingdave - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    If I had a dollar for every time proudlycanadian mentioned that AA and the Jays are secretive and leak nothing to the media, I’d be approaching Warren Buffett’s net worth.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      LOL; however, you would be a lot richer, if you had a dollar for every false rumour postulated by Heyman and Olney.

      • mazblast - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        Point, proudlycanadian.

  6. jaybird22seven - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    The asking price for Dickey is way to high. The Mets just blew their chances by overpricing his worth. Good try !!!

  7. mrchainbluelightning - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Enjoy watching Dickey pitch for the next three year all the while never sniffing a playoff spot, and then watch him retire Mets fans.

    Crackerjack organisation you all root for here.

    Anyone doubt Billy Beane and every other excellent GM would have traded him by now if they were in the Mets situation?

    • richyballgame - Dec 8, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Why the hate? We have the choice to root for whatever team we want to root for.

  8. exibitsman - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I think he should get 3 years 36 million. plus a 4th year option at 15 million.

  9. chill1184 - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    I love these mindless over reactions in the middle of December, they’re quite cute.

    • Old Gator - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Cabin fever….

  10. jjpileggi - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Would it not be refreshing if the Wilpons said to the fan base, “We spent a lot of fictional money over the years from false Madoff profits. Those monies are not longer available and we have to now budget based on real revenues and resources. Until the Bay, Santana and other bad contracts come off, we are stuck with what we have, subject to some trades and player development. Please be patient with us. Players like R.A. Dickey may have more value to us as trade bait then 2 year-from-now talent. We fear extending the financial constraints if we spend too much now. Bear with us. We are trying”

    John Pileggi

  11. LoveQuotes2 - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Clearly, R.A. Dickey is worth $12.5 million a year for the next two years. For him to have to remain a Met and take $5 million is an injustice to this great pitcher. Strange, though, that the other teams haven’t offered enough, in Wilpon and Alderson’s view, to make a deal. I think its merely the Mets looking out after their own interests, not the star who just won the Cy Young Award. Don White of and

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