Do the Mets shop him at his highest value while trying to land a bumper crop of prospects?
Or do the Mets negotiate a reasonable two-year deal and re-sign Dickey?
From the rumors and vibes coming out of Nashville, it seems the Mets are trying to go with option A, although they are having a difficult time finding a partner.
No doubt it’s a double-edge sword the Mets find themselves in.
On the one hand, you want to reward Dickey for the amazing season he just had and give the fans reason to come out to the ballpark while being committed to being a better team in 2013.
On the other hand you can’t be short-sighted, and if a Dickey trade can make you a better and more sustainable team for the long-term, then you have to strike while the iron is hot and deal him for prospects while you have the chance.
Sandy Alderson has stated that he wants difference-makers in any potential deal that involves Dickey. Apparently, there have been no teams that have stepped to the plate offering any “difference-makers”. If no legitimate high-end prospects are offered in return for R.A. Dickey, the plan then is to offer Dickey a reasonable two-year contract. Alderson has also stated that there is an option C and that is to let Dickey go into 2013 season without a new contract, but I just don’t see that as a viable alternative.
What constitutes a difference-maker anyway? Who could the Mets possibly get that could fit that description? The only player who could possibly fit the bill is Royals’ outfield prospect Will Myers. The Royals are hesitant to deal Meyers and it may take a mega-deal to land his services.
Other prospects being tossed around in potential deals include-but not limited to- the Dodgers’ Dee Gordon (with the possibility of moving him to outfield) and Zach Lee, the Rangers’ Leonys Martin and the Blue Jays’ J.P. Arencibia and Anthony Gose.
Those are not scintillating names (although I do like the upside of Martin) and they will not likely whet the whistle of both Mets’ executives and fans alike.
Also playing a factor is if the Mets are shopping Jon Niese and other prospects along the lines of Logan Verrett and Darin Gorski. Even if the Mets sit still with Dickey, they have to upgrade the outfield and possibly catcher either way. If it is through free agency then so be it. But, somehow, someway the Mets need to boost the offense (specifically the outfield) immediately.
Sometimes the most difficult decisions in life are the best decisions. That may be the case here with Dickey and he could very well be writing a new chapter of his book in another city next season. If that is to be, then the Mets better get the ‘difference-maker’ that will make us all happy. If not, re-sign Dickey and sign some free-agent outfielders and hope for the best in 2013.
You know the saying ‘be careful what you ask for’? Well, the Mets better-full well know what they are asking for when it comes to Dickey.
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