Rumor has it around the winter meetings that NL Cy Young Award Winner R.A. Dickey is going to be moved as soon as this week. The New York Mets are making no secrets of their intentions to trade Dickey to the highest bidder with a contract not reachable at this point. The two teams that names keep popping up are the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. The 38-year old hurler and the Mets seem to be stuck in the mud when it comes to a contract extension.
The Mets are in a bit of a pickle with Dickey. He’s on the wrong side of 35 and 2012 was a ridiculous season in terms of his production. His best season before last year was 2010, when he finished 11-9 with a 2.84 ERA (in 2012, he was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA). The Mets would have probably have been much better off trading him before last year’s trade deadline when teams are a bit more desperate. The demand for his services just isn’t going to be as high during the winter.
One of the things playing in Dickey’s favor is his knuckleball. Pitchers have been able to stick around a bit longer with that pitch. While the Rangers are looking to have Dickey shore up the rotation, I am not sure what the Royals see in Dickey. Unless they are planning on holding him until the deadline, I don’t see much value in him for their long-term plans. I’m sure other teams will pop up as well, but stay tuned.