Saying that, i think they get a deal done, they are only 6 million apart over 3 years.
Not 10-15 million where losing Dickey would be almost certain..
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
Please, read this, it may help with the waiting…
Sandy Alderson’s top priority this winter is to acquire a young hitter. The easiest way to do this is by trading R.A. Dickey or Jon Niese. The Rangers and other teams are genuinely interested, and have the young hitters to trade, but (for now) they’re exploring other options.
Meanwhile, in case a trade doesn’t happen, or in case Niese is the one that gets traded, the Mets are discussing a contract extension with Dickey because they don’t want him to leave after next season. Dickey wants a deal, but the Mets can’t ink him to one until the trade market has played itself out…
In short, it’s a waiting game. Dickey is waiting on the Mets, who are waiting on the trade market. Dickey thinks he should be paid X, the Mets think he’s worth Y. Teams will give one prospect to get Dickey, the Mets would like two. The Mets will trade Dickey in the right deal, but they’ll sign Dickey if they don’t.
It’s not about ‘dragging feet,’ or disrespect, or spending or not spending money. It’s about exploring ways to make the overall team better, and eventually someone will blink.
It makes sense what the Mets are trying to do here...
They are looking to find a team desperate for a #1 starting pitcher, it's their best course of action till they come to a decision on what to do with Dickey.
Inevitably i think he is re-signed but anything is possible.
Last edited by metswon69; 12-12-2012 at 07:37 PM.
I said it many times, it does not matter if they sign him to an extension 1 day before ST or during ST, just sign him if they were unable to get what they wanted for him.
What they are doing makes sense, but not for Dickey though because he feels slighted by a low ball offer so by doing this they have upset him a bit and he showed how he felt yesterday.
The mets need to either ****, or get off the pot. Dickey has been dicked around enough already.
I also don't see the Mets waiting until day of ST or playing out his deal. You can already see resentment starting to form between the two sides.
I expect a resolution one way or another in the next couple of weeks (imo). If Sandy overplays his hand and lets this draw out to try and squeeze and extra C prospect out of an club I could see it backfiring.
Dickey is one of those players that there is disagreement about and only certain teams have interest to begin with. If FA plays out wrong and Sanchez, Marcum, Loshe, etc sign with those interested teams the market could collapse.
There's also only a certain number of teams that lineup with the mets needs (C, OF, SP) etc.
Sandy may also find himself in a Kevin Towers like situation where he has to settle for less then Dickey would have went for earlier because he needs OF help or a C.
Less than two days later he signed on the dotted line.
If the Mets don't find what they are looking for on the trade market, they will sign him.
I think you are overestimating how "slighted" these guys feel or how "angry" they become when they don't get a new deal right away.
It's like FOC mentioned with overestimating the importance of a player playing on a competitive team, these are tertiary issues. The most important thing in these negotiations is money and although Dickey is guy of high character i still think if the Mets meet his demands he'll sign.
Saying that, posters like you are putting deadlines on when the Mets have to do something. It's an artificial arbitrary deadline not a mandatory one.
Last edited by metswon69; 12-12-2012 at 09:18 PM.
I fail to see the point in extending Dickey. This team isn't looking to win for maybe 3 years. Of course the team can aim high but they need to be realistic, we're not getting 2 elite prospects for an aging pitcher. If we can't acquire D'arnaud or Olt + others, we should just settle for Olt.
Then again, I don't believe in sentimentalism.
Probably more the former than the latter.
Either way if they don't get a deal they want, they should re-sign him. He can still be productive and there is no reason to let productivity walk when this team has so few productive players.
We could deal him at the deadline but that could greatly decrease or increase his value. His stock is highest now as is, deal him and settle for the best they can get.
I personally don't want to re-sign him, we have a lot of money coming off the books next year and hopefully (fingers crossed) we can use the money to re-sign an aging pitcher OR use it to make a splash in the free agent market with holes we have. Which will most likely be bullpen and outfield and perhaps a 5th starter. We're throwing away next year anyways, that's just another year older everyone gets. That starts to matter around age 35.
Seems like the interest has been ramped up since the Shields trade and the Greinke signing so i can still see the Mets getting a very good haul for RA.
And if not, they'll re-sign him..