Mets shopping Dickey?

  • David Whitlock

What does 20 wins (on a team that didn’t win 75), a sub-3.00 ERA, a strikeout an inning, and being named a Cy Young Finalist get you?  On the trading block apparently. From @Ken_Rosenthal

Sources: #Mets showing little interest in signing Dickey to extension, discussing him in trades, as @Joelsherman1 reported.

At first glance, this seems like a foolish move, but evaluating the following:

1) He’s been extended at $5M for next season, a bargain (for suitors) if he produces at his 2012 level.
2) He is 38 years old, so an extension would mean you’re discussing years well into his 40’s.
3) The Mets appear nowhere near ready to compete in the NL East.
4) He has exactly 2 season with 10 wins or more.
5) He currently pitches in the pitcher-friendly Citi Field

If the Mets were to get just about anything under the age of 30 or a couple of good regulars (for their depleted lineup) it’s not a bad thought.  And a contender in need of a starter (and who isn’t) could use a weapon like this to riddle opponents.

One note about his age, knuckleballers have pitched well into their 40’s in the past (Perry, Niekro for instance) so even extending for 3 or 4 years beyond this isn’t necessarily a bad deal.  But I would be hesitant to overpay for someone who might lose the feel for the pitch and vastly underachieve.

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

 

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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