FoC, you know I respect you, both as a person and as a student of the game. I hope you didn't take my comment the wrong way. Your bias for Robert Allen is well deserved. I think Dickey is an outstanding pitcher and a suberb human being, and I hope that he is a Met for a long time to come. But I am just saying that the reason they may trade him is not because he is so good and they are not committed to winning. They will trade him either because they connot or will not meet his demands regarding an extension, or because they are overwhelmed by what they are offered for him.
Originally Posted by fanofclendennon
If he were under team control for the next 3 seasons, they might not trade him. But you could say the very same thing about Milwaukee trading Greinke, Toronto trading Halliday, or Minnesota trading Santana. Teams trade stars the year before they might lose them in free agency. In all those cases, the owners did what they thought was best for the team. And that, MY good friend, is a strategy that is absolutely compatible with winning baseball. If you feel you can improve the team more by trading a player than by keeping him, you do it. How many fans here have griped that we didn't trade Reyes before 2011 because they think that would have been better than the team?
Now, eat your candy and enjoy.
Former B'klyn Dodger fan. Mets Maniac since 1962.