R.A. Dickey won the 2012 National League Cy Young Award for the New York Mets, but just a few weeks after taking home that hardware, the 38-year-old knuckleballer is likely on his way out of Queens. Apparently as many as eight teams have approached Mets general manager Sandy Alderson about Dickey and New York has a great chance to land a nice haul in return for him.
At the first day of the winter meetings on Monday, Alderson was a busy man, meeting with multiple teams about a potential deal. The Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels have confirmed interest in the righty.
Dickey is under contract for one more season at $5 million, but given his numbers in 2012, that’s an incredibly cheap deal, making him even more attractive. The Mets and Dickey have not been able to work out an extension, which means a trade is highly likely.
Dickey finished the 2012 season with a 20-6 record, with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, and led the National League with 230 strikeouts and 233.2 innings.
New York would love to wrestle outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and shortstop Xander Boegarts away from the Red Sox in return for Dickey, but Boston would likely balk at such a price. Still, there is wiggle room between the two sides to get a deal done and if not there are plenty of other suitors out there to deal with. The Royals are probably the most loaded team on the list prospect-wise, but the Rangers have a lot to work with as well.
Dickey is almost certainly going to be dealt within the next week or so. It might actually take a few weeks if nothing happens at the winter meetings, but rest assured he will have a new home soon. The Mets are likely at least three years away from contending, especially in a tough division like the National League East. Their best bet is to load up on prospects and build around the newly extended David Wright.
With talented hurlers like Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler on the roster, New York can go young and get something from Dickey’s incredible 2012 season.
By the way, if Dickey is indeed traded, it would be just the fourth time a player who won the Cy Young Award was traded the following offseason. David Cone (1995), Pedro Martinez (1997), and Roger Clemens (1999) are the others.