The longer this drags on with R.A. Dickey, the better it is for the Mets in re-signing him. The Mets are holding out for big and shiny pieces in the trade market, saying that’s the value for a Cy Young Award winning pitcher.
That’s the same argument Dickey’s agent is giving the Mets.
Reportedly, Dickey is seeking a two-year deal for $26 million on top of the 2013 option for $5 million. Supposedly, the Mets are countering with three years at $25 million.
That’s a $6 million difference, which Dickey can more than make up in bonuses and commercial endorsements if he stays around.
He’s an intelligent guy and I’m banking he’ll come around to that thinking. The Mets have the leverage in that Dickey has only done this for one year, and at 38, he’s not going to have another shot at a payday unless he stays on the option and has another monster year.
Want to guess the odds on that?
Dickey has to see that, especially since the trade market for him isn’t as hot as the Mets hoped in the wake of Zack Greinke signing and James Shields being traded.
In Dickey, teams see a one-hit, 38-year-old wonder with a trick pitch. It’s not totally fair, but I learned a long time ago life isn’t fair.