If NY Mets are to trade Dickey, they will expect a lot in return

One high-ranking major league executive who spoke recently with Mets officials came away thinking that the team “would want a monster package for (R.A.) Dickey, and if they don’t get it, probably would not trade him.”

The executive, who has also discussed the market for Dickey with other GMs who have asked the Mets about him, loosely defined that “monster package” as a few high-end prospects or major leaguers, likely outfielders or catching help.

“They aren’t approaching teams on this, but they’re letting teams come to them,” the executive said.

Consistent with GM Sandy Alderson’s public statements, a Mets insider predicted that there would not be a resolution on whether to sign or trade Dickey at least until the winter meetings, scheduled for Dec. 3-6 in Dickey’s hometown, Nashville.

Baseball officials inside and outside the Mets organization identified assistant general managers Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi as the ones fielding most of the inquiries from other clubs, while assistant GM John Ricco facilitates contract negotiations with Dickey and his agent. Alderson was described as engaged in both aspects of his team’s most complex issue.

DePodesta is a former Dodgers GM whose official role with the Mets is to oversee the draft and farm system — but he was described by one acquaintance and rival executive as intimately involved in advising Alderson on Dickey and other issues.

“Sandy really trusts Paul,” the source said. “My impression is that Paul would recommend moving (Dickey) only if they could get that big return.

If they cannot — and two rival executives interviewed for this story expressed skepticism that a 38-year-old knuckleballer, even one with a Cy Young Award, would net the Mets that “monster package” — it has become increasingly clear to the Mets front office that it can sign Dickey for a reasonable price.

Owed $5 million in 2013 under his current deal, Dickey and the Mets have been working for more than two weeks toward an extension.

The Daily News has reported that the club believes its ace is willing to sign a deal comparable to, and likely somewhat less than, the two-year, $29 million deal recently struck between righthander Jake Peavy and the Chicago White Sox.
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