From the MetsToday mailbag:
It seems the desire to land a big time pitcher is really ramping up as the deadline approaches. Any thoughts on the Mets seeing if they can sell really high on Dickey?
The immediate answer from any Mets fan is “heck no!”, and I’m fairly certain the Mets front office feels the same way. After all, R.A. Dickey has been the Mets’ best pitcher, and one of the best five starters in baseball this year. Considering that the rotation has already lost Mike Pelfrey, Dillon Gee, and Johan Santana, and the bullpen has been awful, the Mets need to get all the innings they can out of a reliable pitcher like Dickey.
Beyond what he does on the mound, Dickey gives the Mets immeasurable promotional value. He’s a huge fan favorite and on his way to being a legitimate “draw” – i.e., a pitcher who puts fannies in the seats on days he starts. I’m surprised, in fact, that the Mets haven’t leveraged R.A.’s popularity more to generate revenue.
Also, if the Mets traded R.A. Dickey, it would signify the white flag of surrender for the 2012 season — just as it was when the Mets sent Carlos Beltran packing. With ticket sales down, the organization can’t afford to tell the fan base that the season is over — even if the team’s chance of getting to the playoffs is already slim.
But, if the Mets are truly rebuilding, and looking toward 2013 and beyond, shouldn’t they at least consider dealing Dickey? On the one hand, it could be argued that as a knuckleballer, the 37-year-old Dickey has at least 4-5 more seasons in him, if not more — which means he could easily be a part of a rebuilding plan. On the other hand, what if this is the best R.A. will ever be? What if his peak value is right now? Or perhaps more importantly, what if the Mets can get a few legitimate prospects for their future? Is it better to have one good starting pitcher or 2-3 pieces?
I’m not suggesting that the Mets should shop R.A. Dickey. But, they’re likely listening if anyone is making an offer. How much would it take for another team to pry R.A. from the Mets?
What do you think? Would the Mets be crazy to trade R.A. Dickey, or crazy not to? Explain your position in the comments.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.