In spite of his recent National League Cy Young award, New York Mets star knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is the source of trade rumors according to buzz around the Internet the past few days.
After several weeks of unsuccessful contract negotiations, the impasse between Dickey and the Mets front office seems to be growing by the day, and the notion that he may indeed be traded rather than accept an extension which isn’t to his liking– in spite of his “seasoned” age of 37– is becoming more likely.
Teams mentioned as potential destinations for Dickey include the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, and Los Angeles Angels, each of which are in a unique position to improve upon moves that have already been made, or, replace lost star power with new star power.
Dickey is reportedly in search of a two year extension in the $26-28 million range, while the Mets have countered with a two-year extension closer to 20 million. At 37, Dickey is on the backside of his productivity, and it’s reasonable to assume that a $6-8 million gap would be plenty of a divide to keep him from breaking down and signing with the Mets at the last minute should no possible suitors actually rise to the occasion.
There’s no doubt Dickey has become frustrated with the process– in spite of his reputation as a cool customer– given this quote from earlier in the week:
In the context of the market, you want what you think is fair. I feel like we’re asking for less than what’s fair because that’s how it’s been for me.
There is a surprise sometimes when things don’t get done quickly and you already think you’re extending the olive branch. At the same time, they have a budget they have to adhere to. I don’t know those numbers. And I try not to take it personally.
If R. A. Dickey already feels like he’s giving the Mets a good deal and they still won’t budge, then you can consider that the first foot out the door. After all, there should be plenty of value on the market for a recent Cy Young Award winner.
This is definitely one to watch in coming days.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page. Kris is the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.