Lending further to the accuracy of ESPN New York, reporting that R.A. Dickey is likely to remain a Met, the knuckleballer has agreed to play an elf alongside Ike Davis on Tuesday at Citi Field.
John Franco will play Santa Clause at the team’s annual holiday party tomorrow at Citi Field, as the Mets host schoolchildren from Far Rockaway who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Only a real Grinch would trade an elf during the holiday season. Bah, humbug…
Original Post 12/9 3:00 PM
Andy Martino of the Daily News is reporting that the Mets and R.A. Dickey have resumed negotiations and that they have made some modest progress on a contract extension since things cooled off at the Winter Meetings.
I believe that the Mets and Dickey got locked into a game of chicken when they were in Nashville, with neither side willing to budge on the dollars of a two-year extension.
With both sides now back at the bargaining table, expect something to get done before the holidays. It’s no secret that Dickey wants to remain a Met, and while teams have come to the Mets to discuss the reigning Cy Young winner, Alderson has been emphatic that he is not actively shopping the knuckleballer.
Even so, Alderson has told inquiring teams that it would take a difference maker to nab Dickey. As I said earlier on Twitter, after getting smoked on the Angel Pagan trade last offseason, the Mets won’t trade Dickey unless they are grossly overpaid.