With Anibal Sanchez now agreeing to return to the Tigers, James Shields a member of the Royals, and Zack Greinke joining the Dodgers, Dickey is now the best available pitcher remaining.
The top free agent pitchers still available are Shaun Marcum, Kyle Lohse and Edwin Jackson. Lohse is the best of the three, and has had a great run over the past few seasons. He is coming off his best season pitching to a 2.86 ERA and going 16-3. The Padres are making a strong push to sign Jackson as we speak.
The list of remaining starting pitchers in not impressive at all, and even though Dickey is 38 years old, he is still the best available pitcher on the market.
The teams that missed out on Greinke, Sanchez and Shields may come back to the Mets willing to up their offer to acquire Dickey. Since the Angels signed Hamilton on Wednesday there have been rumors swirling that they may be interested in Dickey due to the depth in the outfield they now have. Ken Rosenthal also reported on Twitter that the Rangers are still in the mix, especially after they missed out on Greinke, Shields, and now Hamilton.