As usual, the Major League Baseball winter meetings are the place to go for hot stove action during the frosty cold month of December. According to several MLB sources, there are currently eight teams who are currently in the hunt to acquire New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey this off-season via a trade with the team.
Mets general manager spent the entire first day of the winter meetings fielding inquiries regarding the 2012 National League Cy Young award winner.
The first knuckle baller in MLB history to win a CY Young award remains under contract for the 2013 season at $5 million, however Dickey is seeking a new contract and hopes to get that deal done as soon as possible. The Mets may or may not be willing to re-sign the 38-year old to long-term deal do to his age so he could become expendable for the right price.
One of the eight teams showing a very strong interest in Dickey are the Boston Red Sox, but it doesn’t seem as if they are willing to meet the Mets asking price for the nine-year veteran. According to sources that have knowledge of the situation the Mets are asking for two of the Red Sox’ top prospects, outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and shortstop Xander Boegarts in exchange for Dickey, but it is doubtful that Boston will part with the two for him.
It will certainly be interesting to witness how the entire ordeal goes down and whether or not Dickey will remain with the Mets or if they will move him at some point during this off-season.