Tonight at 6:17 p.m. the MLB will announce this year’s Cy Young Award winners for both the American League and the National League.
The National League finalists are Clayton Kershaw, Gio Gonzalez, and R.A. Dickey, who I believe is the most deserving of the title, and that’s not just because I’m a New York Mets fan.
R.A. captured the attention of every baseball fan with not only his performance, but his story. While his numbers were incredible, especially while being on a terrible team, what he overcame in his personal life was nothing short of amazing.
Dickey managed to win 20 games this season (and should have been more) while the Mets only won 74 altogether. He posted a 2.73 ERA and a league leading 230 strike outs. It seems that a 53 m.p.h. knuckleball was more overpowering than a 98 m.p.h. fastball this year.
I am a huge fan of Dickey’s, and will continue to support him throughout the rest of the career, but in the best interest of the Mets, his career shouldn’t be with New York.
His value is already exceptionally high. His stats speak for themself, players want to win for him, and because he is a knuckleballer, even at the age of 38, he still has several good seasons left in him. If he wins the Cy Young Award tonight, his value will increase even more.
The Mets must sell.
They have young pitchers coming up in Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler to add to the rotation with Dillion Gee, Jonathan Niese, and unfortunately Johan Santana who they are stuck with. They don’t need Dickey. They need outfielders. They need a bullpen.
To keep one player because he is a great guy, or because on every fifth day fans will come to the ballpark, is not a good enough reason. If the Mets want to keep Dickey, and Wright for that matter, and pay no attention to the rest of their needs, then future results will mirror this season’s.
Mets fans have to want more.