Can R.A. Dickey Return to Mets in 2013?

It may seem silly right now to wonder whether R.A. Dickey can return to the Mets in 2013, considering that a trade with the Blue Jays seems imminent. However, until the deal is done, Dickey is property of the Mets. If for some reason the trade falls through, can the knuckleballer return to Flushing?

One thing that escapes me is the assumption that R.A. Dickey will accept an extension to his current contract to play for the Blue Jays. Everyone seems to believe that because Dickey wants two years, $26M to play for the New York Mets, that he’ll accept something similar to play in Canada. Really?

Maybe he will, but I would think that a big reason Dickey is willing to accept less than market value to stay with the crappy Mets is because he likes living in the New York area, likes keeping his family in this area — and providing some kind of consistency / stability by staying in New York, and likes all of the opportunities provided by being in the media capital of the world. Why would he be equally willing to move himself and his family out of the country — for the same amount of money?

If I’m the Mets front office, I am really, really hoping that R.A. will come to terms with Toronto; maybe they already know he’ll sign an extension with them. Still, I’d be nervous until the ink is dry from his signature. Because if this trade falls through, what will the Mets do?

If the trade falls through, not only do the Mets have one less potential trading partner, but they also lose significant leverage. Now add in the recent anti-R.A. smear campaign that has spread among New York Mets beat writers — can Dickey return to the Mets after being thrown under the bus by journalists who seem to have been paid by the Wilpons to spin propaganda? I’m not so sure, but I am sure that other teams see the Mets’ predicament, and will be less likely to offer a lucrative package of prospects in return for R.A.

What’s your thought? Does this trade with Toronto absolutely, positively, have to happen now? Is there any possibility that R.A. Dickey can return to the Mets after the negative press?

Answer in the comments.

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. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Vilos December 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm
    Would Toronto accept Niese instead?
    • mike B December 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm
      Niese wouldnt command the same package as Dickey, I think Joe said it in an earlier post on a good team last year Dickey comes close to winning 30 games.
    • Joe Janish December 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm
      I think they prefer Niese. But, then, the Mets are left with Dickey in their hand.
      • Vilos December 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm
        Whats wrong with keeping Dickey if they get a great catcher prospect? Isn’t a Toronto top pitching prospect also mentioned in the deal? It still makes sense to me.
        • Joe Janish December 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm
          There’s nothing wrong with keeping Dickey. The problem is keeping Dickey after getting a few NY beat writers to write nasty things about him. How do you bring back, and try to promote and market, a player who you’ve just publicly smeared?
        • Vilos December 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm
          Sorry but I’m missing out on the nasty things written about him. We’re not talking about the elf incident are we?
        • Vilos December 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm
          Just read a NYPost article. Its nasty but also nonsense. A bad influence in the clubhouse? self promoting? Really.Does it get worse?
          Do you really think it would affect him? If the Wilpon interview didn’t affect Wright, this shouldn’t affect RA, although that doesn’t make it right. I guess thats why the Wilpons get the press they get.
        • Joe Janish December 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm
          You make a good point about the Wilpon comments re: Wright, but in that situation, money heals all wounds (oh, wait, isn’t it supposed to be time?).

          I don’t anticipate the Mets making RA “forget” their smear campaign by offering him a multi-year, many ten-of-millions of dollars extension. Their current spin campaign is aimed at making fans feel better about his exit.

  2. Kanehl December 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm
    Not bloody likely, after the Wilpons have had their press toadies trash him. Kinda like what they did to Beltran when he had the temerity to seek a real doctor’s advice, rather than follow the dictates of the pretend clinic that gave Fred and the Idiot Sone a few bucks to be named as “team doctors”.
  3. bill December 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm
    Wow, if Dicky is such a dick-y, and is a smart dick-y. Here is an interesting proposition.
    Get everyone, both the Mets and Jays all hot and bothered about this trade and then Dick-y, who they say is very smart deciides that he will NOT accept an extension with Toronto unless he gets another year or 3, and a transfer bonus of say $10 Million.
    Nixes trade, and now Dicky can become a free agent and really get even.
    He who laughs last, laughs best.
    • Joe Janish December 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm
      Interesting proposition. I suppose certain NY journalists wouldn’t be surprised if RA did something like that.
  4. AC Wayne December 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    I would image that Dickey will play hard ball regarding his extension assuming that team is not the Mets, this is his big payday, he’s coming off of a Cy Young-award-winning- season, he has said publicly that he feels his offer to the Mets has been fair and that the Mets had given him a shot when no other team had which is why he is taking a discount, to answer your question, I would love to have Dickey back for 2013, if anything it would give Mets fans a chance to cordially thank Dickey for a job well done, god knows they weren’t able to congratulate Reyes after he won the NL batting title
  5. Joe December 16, 2012 at 2:06 am
    I’ll see what happens.
  6. Crozier December 16, 2012 at 10:26 am
    “Tabloid paper smear campaigns have reduced the value of this New York superstar.”

    – Said by no sensible person ever, because even in NYC the tabloids are treated like the comic books they are.

    Joe, you are the most Jekyll-and-Hyde sports blogger I’ve read. A stellar and objective analyst when discussing player mechanics and game theory; a conspiracy-minded wingnut when not. You wouldn’t be simply trolling for comments, would you?

    • Joe Janish December 16, 2012 at 11:27 am
      “Tabloid paper smear campaigns have reduced the value of this New York superstar.”

      Who wrote that?

      Not that it matters, I’m just curious.

      Tabloids and comic books are what is read by the general population, and the average Mets fan.

      The rest of us read blogs authored by conspiracy theorists. 😉

      By the way, was the Dick Young / Tom Seaver controversy of 1977 an unfounded conspiracy dreamed up by some wing nut?

      • NormE December 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm
        I must say that the Dick Young/Tom Seaver controversy was much worse than the present situation. That episode was the lowest point in the Mets history (I started with the Mets at the Polo Grounds).
        In this case the Mets are trying to trade an asset in hopes of getting better in the long run. In the Seaver case Young and M. Donald Grant were in collusion to discredit and dump the most important player in franchise history. It had nothing to do with making the team better.
        Yes, the Mets pr dept. sucks, as do the Wilpons—but they pale in comparison to Young and Grant.
        • Joe Janish December 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm
          Agreed Norm. My point is that a Mets ownership “influencing” New York media is not without precedent — and certainly not out of the realm of possibility.

          Some people may think I’m a conspiracy theorist, and maybe I am, but it’s an incredible coincidence that beat writers and bloggers suddenly started publishing negative stories about R.A. Dickey — who no one, ever, wrote a bad word about before — right before this trade came to light.

  7. Izzy December 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm
    Give the Mets some credit. They put Dickey in the dirvers seat!!!! And they lost more fans and ticket sales!