I keep hearing from people in baseball who say the Mets can lock up R.A. Dickey for the next three years at around $25 million. However, they havenít pulled the trigger, so I assume this means theyíre still listening to offers for trades from other teams.
However, the offers have been underwhelming, according to reports, so I bet theyíre leaning toward keeping him. And, I hear the two sides are considering a meeting in Nashville next week, with all key parties present, at which point this could hopefully reach a conclusion, assuming any last minute efforts to trade him fall short.
This is why I still believe Jon Niese is significantly more likely to get traded next week than anyone else on the roster, which is something Iíve been saying for nearly a year. I think theyíll do it if he can deliver a legit, major-league bat, like a Justin Upton or a Wil Myers. However, the Mets wonít move Niese if the offers continue to be weak.
Teams with interest in Niese are also talking with free-agent Zack Grienke and communicating with the Red Sox about Jon Lester and the Rays about James Shields, and probably other young pitchers. Itís an educated guess, but Iíd assume the Royals, D-Backs, Aís, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Angels should all have interest in Niese, considering weíve reports linking them to similar targets.
Basically, Iíve been told Sandy Alderson is essentially playing this like Billy Beane handled Gio Gonzalez last winter, and heíll only pull the trigger if the market comes to him. He isnít going to chase it and make a deal just to make a dealÖ but, moving Niese is clearly an option and something being considered, as it should be. His big problem seems to be the Rays, who are also desperately looking to acquire a similar young bat, but they have more arms to trade.