According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets continue to feel underwhelmed by trade offers for R.A. Dickey at the Winter Meetings. He adds that the Mets remain undecided about whether to sign or trade him, according to ‘people involved.’
This is no big surprise. As I stated a couple of days ago, all these “pie in the sky” expectations that the Mets would be able to nab top prospects such as Wil Myers of the Kansas City Royals is just wishful thinking from a fan base who sees Dickey’s value as being more than what other GM’s see.
A 38 year old pitcher is a risk. Period. While Dickey’s elbow has no ligaments to worry about, the rest of his body is still 38-years old and prone to breakdown like everyone else. The fact of the matter is that with any player his age playing sports at a pro level, it’s only a matter of time before something can go wrong.
Dickey’s greatest value is to the Mets. No team is going to parlay their future on him. If Dickey was a free agent and teams did not have to give up prized prospects to get him, at least a dozen teams would be on the chase. But that’s not the case for now.
So let me repeat what I said previously in the past, and that is if the Mets want to trade Dickey, the most they should expect is a backup catcher and an outfielder with a .270-.285 bat and 15-20 home run power perhaps.
So the bottom line is to sign him to a three year, $30 million dollar deal that replaces the option, let him play out his option year and take the draft picks, or trade him for a couple of useful pieces. Those are your only options.