GM Sandy Alderson recently said that the Mets will make every effort to retain both David Wright and R.A. Dickey beyond next season, and today Mike Puma of The New York Post reports that new deals could happen quickly. His source says it's "conceivable" that both players could have new contract extensions in place, at least in principle, before the World Series.
Alderson has acknowledged that he's had "informal conversations" with Sam and Seth Levinson, Wright's representatives, however Puma hears that the GM has yet to reach out to Dickey's agent Bo McKinnis. While Wright will likely seek a long-term contract in excess of $100MM, a veteran agent told Puma that Dickey is "probably looking at Oliver Perez dollars for sure." That would be three years and $36MM.
The Mets hold club options for the 29-year-old Wright ($16MM) and 37-year-old Dickey ($5MM), though both players can become free agents after 2013. Both options can be torn up or simply guaranteed and blended into new contracts. Alderson has referred to Wright and Dickey as core pieces of the club has they move forward and continue to rebuild.
2014 is there next chance to actually do something. Santana and Bay’s contracts come off at the end of ’13. We’ll see.
Bay has a buyout for 2013 I believe.
The buyout is for 2014 and the Mets have already stated that they are going to be buying him out. They are including the buyout in part of their salary projections for 2013. Same goes for Johan. That way, they can start 2014 with a clean slate instead of having the buyouts to worry about in those years as well.
Santana doesn’t need a buyout for 2014 he becomes a free agent heading into that season and Bay as well because he’s not going to get close to the plate appearances that he’d need for his 2014 option to even kick in so he’ll be gone.
2014 It is, dropping 35 mil + from bay,johan,fransico,.. & looking at rotation that includes Dickey,Harvey,Wheeler,Niese.. Build around Wright and Davis.. Go Get Em
No point there both going to the dodgers
that would be nice but i dont think thats happening.if it did happen this would be the lineup i use
C Mike Napoli/AJ. Ellis
1 Kershaw 1 Kershaw
2 Beckett 2 Dickey
3 Dickey 3 Beckett
4 Harrang 4 Harrang
5Capuano 5 Capuano
actually neither are
2014 it is.. Dropping 35 mil + with johan,bay,fransico.. etc & Lokking at a rotaion that includes Dickey,Wheeler,Harvey,Niese.. & Building around Wright and Davis.. Go Get Em
Yeah at least there is some hope there with the Mets…
When you include base salary & buy-out costs, the figure is closer to 60m to say good-bye to, hopefully, the final days of Omar and Sandy’s first FA mis-step.
60 million dollars freed up for 2014!
It would be great to extend Dickey, but please don’t compare anything about him or his contract with Oliver Perez…
Perez has pitched well this year for the Mariners in relief role, (1-3, 2.12 era, 1.247 WHIP in 33 games, 10 BB’s.)
also gotten his velocity back up to an impressive average of 93.7 MPH
fastball, – the best in his career. The Mariners revamped his mechanics
which has made a world of difference. The Mets should have figured it
out, but didn’t. Neither did the Nats for whom he pitched in AA last
More like he stopped being fat and lazy once the big paychecks stopped coming in. Has nothing to do with mechanics.
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Vote Jason Bay into the 2013 All Star Game!!
Bay can only get there with a ticket and a bus pass. His days are over. Sorry.
It just makes sense to trade Dickey. The Mets have multiple holes, but their one strong point is they have a bunch of young pitching coming up. They cannot hit, they need power. If you can trade Dickey for a young power hitter under control or a few prospects that could fill a few holes you have to do it, especially how little you can count on a 37 yr old coming off a cy young year or not.
Easier said than done. Dickey has to be re-signed before a trade happens. He’s 37 yrs old, which means he’d have to go to a contending team with a catcher that can catch the knuckleball. While age isn’t an overwhelming factor with knuckleballers, it still does factor in any trade. The Mets should not expect a huge return as far as prospects goes. All this would be tied to the type of contract he finally signs.
East Coast Bias
“Dickey has to be re-signed before a trade happens.”
Not necessarily. Mets can pick up the option, then trade him before the trading deadline in 2013 to a contender for a hitting prospect. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it is possible.
You wouldn’t recommend it, and a contender would probably not do it, either. Why would a contender give up a hitting prospect for a 37 yr old knuckleballer, who can leave after the season is over? It sounds good, but that’s a craps shoot.
Because he has basically been a top of the rotation starter for 3 years. He probably needs to bring his catcher with him, but Thole was pretty good last year.
We’re in agreement on Dickey being a top of the rotation pitcher.
Thole is another matter, he regressed terribly this year, that’s why Shoppach was obtained. Can’t see a contender trading for Dickey AND his catcher.
We’re all speculating here, and there is no right answer to Dickey’s future. I cannot see the Mets trading him at the moment. Especially under ECB’s scenario, even though it is plausible.
One thing I think we all have overlooked, is that he has 10 & 5 rights. Dickey loves the team, the organization for giving an opportunity and the city. That being said, he understands that it is a business. He would have to agree to any trade, even to a contender. If the Mets were to pick up his option and attempt to trade him, he would certainly demand some type of compensation. That would mean a new contract, not an extension. That’s why I said earlier that a Dickey trade is easier said than done.
RA doesn’t have 10 & 5 rights. He’s only been with the Mets since the 2010 season.
10 & 5 rights means 10 years in the majors or 5 with the current team. 2013 will be Dickey’s 11th year in the majors.
He was in the minors must of those years so no he doesn’t have those rights yet.
Dickey has been in the Majors since 2001. He missed 2 years in the Minors. Do the math.
“Upon further review…” You sir are correct!
Yea when he was with the Rangers he was in the minors most of those years with them wasn’t until 2010 when he got with the Mets that he really stayed in the majors.
Your are correct, thanks for the correction!
East Coast Bias
Just to clarify… I was saying that it is possible for him to be traded now, and an extension is not necessary to trade him.
I disagree. He’s pitched very well with the Mets since he’s been here – three seasons and is well positioned for the CY Young.
Though his trade value is high and I understand your thinking, RA is invaluable both on and off the mound including being superb role model for the young talent beginning to emerge. Veteran presence and leadership is extremely important, and RA is a gem in every capacity including mega fan favorite. The man can pitch and is ace – who trades ace and someone who’s highly likely on cusp of CY Young award despite his age? He could effectively pitch another 5-7 years, if not more.
What about Oakland and Gio? What about Cleveland w/CC and Lee? What about Minnesota w/Santana? The Mets are hamstrung right now for cash flow. They have many spots to fill and with the money already committed and their budget flat, only an average of $1-$2M for 9 spots. Trading Dickey would help. I also disagree about his shelf-life. He throws faster than the knuckleballers who pitched into their 40’s. His market value will never be higher than it is right now.
In a perfect world the mets would be a good team and to trade an ace caliber pitcher would be considered nuts. But this team is talent starved and Dickey is 37. Even though he is a knuckleballer you can’t possible bank on him being the same pitcher. As the team is built right now, they will not win. So keeping around a 37 yr old pitcher isnt helping the cause. Trading him to fill a few holes and get closer to contention will.
if the mets trade dickey it will look like there not trying to win and the fans will call wilpon cheap. david wright may decide to leave as a fa after next yr if this happens
Real Mets fans like me know this team has various holes it needs to fill at this point I love Dickey as much as any Met fan but we really have to infuse some good young talent into this team already especially a really good hitting OF which we don’t have in the minors at all at this point with Catcher and the bullpen being other needs that we need help in.
a 37-year old knuckelballer is not the same as a 37-year old power pitcher.
And their goes our future….
I’d deal Dickey after I extend him if I am in Mets position by next years deadline, his value will never be higher and chances are he won’t be a big part of the Mets next winning team. They have needs at catcher, 2 OF spots, SP depth, bullpen, and probably would like a upgrade at 2B as well.
The Mets have way too many problems to contend in the NL East any time soon. The best option is to trade Dickey. A 37 year old pitcher is not a core piece of a rebuilding team.
If he wins the Cy Young like he should i’d really have to consider it to be honest even though me being a Met fan and a fan of Dickey really would hate to see it happen….
This franchise is a joke, it starts at the top. They are not going anywhere as long as the Wilpons own the team. That being said, the Mets at their present state can’t compete with the Nats, Phils, or Braves, and won’t be able to in the near future. I would trade Wright and Davis for some young players. Wright and Davis to the Sox for Middlebrooks, Ellsbury, and a prospect might be a good start.
Ellsbury is a FA next year. No reason for the Mets to trade for him
so you would trade David Wright for Ellsbury who is the same age? That makes sense.
I thought they were both getting traded to the Red Sox?
that was Bay in a Wright Jersey
The headline is wrong it suppose to say “Mets Could Trade Wright and Dickey before The World Series”