Will Mets Trade R.A. Dickey?
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.
That being said, The Mets should trade him. This is been my gripe with the Mets for the last 4 years they sit in the middle, they dont sell, they dont buy. They sit idle.
If they couldnt add the pieces to win this year what is going to be the big diference next year or the year after? Get the pieces we need and get them now to add to what would seen a pretty good rotation in 2-3 years Gee Niese Harvey Wheeler.
Dump everyone but Ike, David and Tejada.
I will trade Dickey and interest he generates once every 5 games for a team that has my interest every day and has a chance to win!
I think Tejada Davis and Wright do generate interest and are great to watch. Tole Nieuwenhuis Dudda are def not and I am on the fence with Murph but think he should prob be traded,
So I think the Mets don’t trade him because a) he has value to them and b) other teams don’t value him as highly.
But I suspect he’d just bring back some other team’s version of Lucas Duda or Daniel Murphy, and that wouldn’t be worth making the trade.
Mike Kelm had a good point about the difficulty in getting fair value for R.A. Unlike a younger (27 to 30) stud pitcher, other teams might be leery of trading for an older, knuckleball pitcher. Joe Janish has made the point that the wear and tear on Dickey’s body should not be discounted just because he throws a knuckler.
Would I trade Dickey? Only if I got back players who could definitely improve the team in the near future.
But I can’t help thinking that, if I were a contending team right now, I’d pay dearly to add him to my rotation. The Mets have the luxury of thinking about 2014 and 2015 right now — if you’re a half-game back with a ring almost in your grasp, how can you think about the future? The Mets should be able to get a gaggle of high-upside AA and AAA prospects almost ready for the majors, and if they could get that then it would totally be worth it . . .
We all love Dickey as he is a great underdog story and a guy easy to root for. As NormE says, everyone is tradeable. The problem is that Dickey is worth more to th eMets than he can bring back. They have him locked for $5 mil next year, which is a bargain based on his performance. Unless Toronto will give up their big catching prospect D’Arnaud, or the Orioles give up Bundy, the #1 prospect in all of baseball, neither of which is happening, RA will stay put. And, that’s okay, management will have not “failed” the team by keeping him as he has a good chance of being part of the 2-4 year solution, even at his age.
He could net some combination of a power OF bat, starting C and a prospect or two. But one of those players acquired has to be All Star or near All Star level.
Otherwise, keep him. IMHO the only real untouchables on the 25 man roster are Wright, Tejada and Harvey. I’d add Edgin to that list only because he’s a lefty reliever.
In the case of Wright, IF some team came up with an outrageous 4 or 5 for 1 trade offer that included at least one top 25 MLBer and some high-ceiling top prospects it would be worth consideration. But it would have to be a ridiculous, too good to refuse offer.
They need to do something though. Because if Duda, Murph and Kirk are in the starting line-up opening day next year it’s going to be a long 2013.