I was talking to a buddy about Dickey today and we were discussing how this could end up playing out. I have a very hypothetical situation I'd like to ask you guys on which route you would prefer.
So - first off, let's just assume that the Mets can only get one elite type prospect back in a trade. I don't want to haggle about what compensation is, let's pretend its Olt + a scrubby prospect or Gose + JPA, or something very similar to those types of packages (obviously, not enough in terms of expectations to the fans but let's just assume that's the situation as it's probably realistic in terms of what other teams are offering). In addition, the Mets and Dickey cannot agree on an extension, so they have him under control for 1 year @ 5 million.
Would you rather:
a) Trade him right now for Olt + (or a similar package, players/teams don't matter as much) even though its' not really enough value
b) Attempt to trade him again at the trade deadline, knowing very likely his trade value would be much lower since other teams cannot give him a qualifying offer at the end of the year AND that'd only get 1/2 season, rather than a full year
c) Let him walk at the end of the year, give him a qualifying offer and collect a draft pick (Dickey already said if he has to play out the year on his existing contract he's going elsewhere in 2013).
Assuming these are the choices, which one would you guys want?