Dickey has been one of the few bright spots on a team some Mets fans might think is in a black hole. Right now, Dickey is poised to bring in the National League Cy Young with a season to remember. He has gone 20-6 with a 2.69 ERA, leads the league in strikeouts (222), complete games (5), and shutouts (3), and owns a 1.05 WHIP. He has been an absolute ace for the Mets.
Right now, the Mets hold a $5 million club option on Dickey for the 2013 season. He will be 38 at the end of October but age rarely factors in for knuckleballers who are notorious for pitching well into their 40’s.
However, the Mets might find themselves listening to plenty of trade offers this winter. I know the move would be highly unpopular with Mets fans but it makes the most sense, assuming of course, that they get back a decent haul of prospects.
Think about it, a 20-game winner, a potential Cy Young Award winner, on the market and only costing a team $5 million. How much, in terms of prospects, do you think Mets GM Sandy Alderson could command?
The New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and just about every other Major League team would line up to find out what it would cost to obtain a pitcher with Dickey’s ability.
Of course, Dickey doesn’t come without risks. He is going to be 37-years-old, has only a recent track record of success, and knuckleballers never get any respect, regardless of what they do on the mound.
Nothing is imminent but Dickey will be a major part of the Mets continued rebuilding process one way or another, either as a top of the rotation guy or as trade bait that could bring in an excellent haul that goes a long way to helping the Mets rebuild faster.