The New York Mets are in a very interesting position with the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings coming up next week. The team just signed David Wright to a long-term contract this week and now must make a decision on National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Dickey had a year that pitchers can only dream of and if the Mets are smart, they will find a way to send Dickey packing while the trade market for him is hot and they can get maximum value.
Yes, Dickey has been a revelation at age 38 with that knuckleball that no pitchers these days are using. It takes you back to the old days and the likes of Charlie Hough and Phil Niekro. Dickey may be able to pitch until he is 45 years old but the Mets desperately need help all around the field right now outside of Wright and first baseman Ike Davis. It is a no-win situation for the Mets and their fans but it is the right thing to do for the good of the organization.
If the Mets can find a taker for Dickey and can get at least one or even two very solid prospects, it is worth doing it. I know there are many Mets fans out there who aren’t going to like this plan because of how good the National League East are becoming and this may mean finding themselves in the cellar again or sharing it with the Miami Marlins. It is a risk that needs to be taken though if the Mets want to get back to being the team that everyone remembers them being at the turn of the century.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.