Mets Harder On Dickey Than We Thought

According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets have just increased their offer to R.A. Dickey to two years, $10M. Wait, what?

Per Martino:

Mets sources told the Daily News late Monday that the team, while still refusing to rule out a trade, was in the process of increasing its offer to the Cy Young Award winner to approximately three years, $25 million.

The breakdown: A two-year contract extension at about $10 million per season, in addition to the $5 million already owned to Dickey in 2013. Despite reports to the contrary, Mets sources insisted that the team had not offered that much during last week’s winter meetings.

Originally, we were led to believe that a 2-year, $20M extension was already on the table, but those figures turn out to be an increase. The Mets’ first offer was two years, $16M, which works out to $21M over three years when you factor in R.A.’s 2013 salary.

My oh my. No wonder there hasn’t been progress in these negotiations.

So in other words, the Mets do not believe R.A. Dickey is as valuable as Joe Blanton. Or they believe R.A., being poor all his life and at an advancing age, will cave in and take the money and all the security that goes with it. Or they’d prefer to trade R.A., and made a pittance of an offer to keep up appearances.

Personally, I’m stunned that the Mets would come to the table with such an insulting offer. Basically, what they’re telling R.A. is “yeah, you had a great year, but we’re pretty sure you can’t do it again — and we’re also pretty sure you don’t have the stones to prove it in 2013 without the security of an extension.”

Again, it’s all about perspective. I’d be very happy to receive a two-year, $16M extension from my employer, but this is fantasyland MLB, where they pay in Monopoly money. And considering the cost of pitching these days — not even good pitching, just pitching in general — I find the Mets’ offers thus far to be an insult, and truly question whether they’re sincere in their efforts to keep R.A. Dickey in a Mets uniform.

Your thoughts?

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