New York Mets right-handed pitcher R.A. Dickey spent the first seven years trying to find some kind of consistency in the major leagues. He spent the beginning of his career in and out of the starting rotation with the Texas Rangers and then a season a piece with the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins.
Nowadays it seems like Dickey has found a home with the Mets after so far compiling the best season of his career and potentially the front-runner to win the NL Cy Young award this season. Dickey is currently 15-3 with 2.72 ERA in 23 starts. He has also quickly become the fan favorite in Queens.
The team has admitted that the Mets have had talks with Dickey about a short-term extension that would keep Dickey in a Mets uniform through the 2014 season. However, the talks did not get far.
Dickey has a $5 million team option for next season but he also has a $300K buyout option in case he wanted to see what was on the open market.
At 38-years-old, Dickey has found promise in his knuckleball which has ultimately resurrected his career. The 2012 season that Dickey is having is one for the record books. He has rejuvenated the Mets rotation, although the team is still in third place in the National League East. They are only nine games out of a wildcard spot which could always be made up.
There is hope for the Mets after all. In a season that the Mets were supposed to be bringing up the rear in the division, they are just five games under .500 and making things interesting. Dickey is part of the reason.
Dickey is back in action Wednesday as the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds.
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