Mets All But Showing Dickey The Door

R.A. Dickey is too much a gentleman, has too much class to do things differently than he did yesterday, when he played an elf at the Mets’ annual Christmas party. There is was, putting on a good face to help the charities of the team applying the screws to him.

DICKEY (L): With Ike Davis. His last appearance in a Mets’ jersey? (Mets)

This is a team trying to lowball him, and yet he helps them, because it was in the best interests of the kids at the event. No Scrooge is Dickey; he’s forever giving and thinking of others. He’s a rare breed in today’s spoiled, me-first, self-congratulatory athlete. He’s what we want our sports heroes to be.

It’s a shame he likely won’t be here after next season. He might not even make it to July if the Mets can swing a trade. Hey, if I were him I might thinking of giving the Mets a week to get it done or demand a trade on the spot. But, he’s not an ultimatum type of guy.

The Mets are playing hardball over a reported $6 million, which is chump change in today’s market. That is, of course, if you’re not behaving as a chump as is Sandy Alderson and the Mets are during the holiday season.

Dickey says he won’t negotiate during the season, and yesterday told reporters if a deal isn’t done this winter he’ll likely be gone. Too bad, as he’s one of the good ones.

“If that’s the decision they feel like is best for the club, and that’s the decision that they make, I feel like it would be unfortunate, because it probably is going to mean I’m not going to be back,’’ Dickey said, ever serious despite the elf ears.

Dickey believes he’s being fair, and if he was arbitration eligible, based on the system he’d make a lot more than his $5 million option. Then again, timing has been everything during Dickey’s career, which peaked last year with a Cy Young Award season at 38.

Dickey believes, and rightfully so, the Mets are pinching pennies with him, and that he’s already given them a discount peace offering. Dickey is making the overtures only to have the Mets behave like Gary Bettman.

To date, everything has been in the Mets’ favor. Dickey worked at a discount brought on by his undeserving past. But, this time he outperformed not only his contract, but his floundering team. He did it with guile, grit, class and determination, even pitching while injured.

Dickey not only was a feel good story of 2012, buy one of the few positives for the Mets since their 2007 collapse. With all else around him falling, he was reason to watch every fifth day or whenever he was needed.

Dickey always put team first, but this time he needs to look out for himself. Either way, Dickey will be set for life, but that doesn’t mean the one time he has the numbers in his favor he should short-change himself.

The Mets have already done that to not only him, but their players and fans, also.

The season hasn’t even started and it looks as if it will be a long one.


8 thoughts on “Mets All But Showing Dickey The Door

  1. Why don’t they give him the $26M extension over 2 years or give him $26 for the next two years and rip up the $5 option?

    He is worth that money just for what he did last year. He received the Cy Young. When was the last time a player on the team won a batting or a pitching title?

    You want to bring people in the stadium? Say the reigning Cy Young pitchier is pitching tomorrow. Come out to see him and root for a complete game shutout.

    Last year he climbed a mountain to raise awareness for those less fortunate. He does not complain. He is a good soldier. Isn’t this what Wilpon values?

    I hate the owners.

    • dave dave dave: when was the last time we had a player win a batting titile? How about one year ago. Remember the name Jose Reyes? Remember what happened to him? Lowballed by Mr rotten GM just like Dickey. See, this thing with the Mets isn’t about money. Its about Alderson wanting players who play dumb and kiss his royal you know what and say all the things fed to him. Reyes is his own guy and Dickey is too smart of a person to be anyone’s stoolie much less an inhuman zombies like Alderson’s/

      • Oh yes. My bad.

        I completely forgot about Jose.

        The thing is we had a replacement for Jose who had some doubts. The problem with Jose was he was always injured. When on he is a great player. But he is always injured which has always been an issue.

        But yes. I stand corrected on that.

        • You can like Tejada all you want, but he isn’t a Reyes, no speed, no power, and lo and behold he seems to get injured also. There are very few Cal Ripkens around. Zimmerman always hurt, Nats extend him. The guy in Tampa always hurt the Rays extend him, Tulo always hurt, and on and on. Wright was a perfect company man and Dickey and Reyes aren’t. That’s all I see. Kiss up to Freddy or you ain’t a Met type of player.

          • I like Tejada a lot.

            Yes. On a talent level he is not in the same class as Jose. However it seems that he is much more consistent and as a result on the field is about par with his predecessor. Jose has a gun for an arm and range that surpasses everyone else but he always seems to get in a funk where he cannot turn the routine play for whatever reason.

            Also for all his speed and power at the plate he is enamored of the HR and so starts striking out and popping out when all that is necessary for him to be great ( like last year ) is to hit line drives. Some will go over the wall. The others? Who cares? he can turn a single into a double and a double into a tripple. Maybe not in one play. But he is frustrating also. He is always injured and when he is not he just goes into space and does not play the way he should for several weeks at a time for whatever reason.

            So who would I want as ss? Hard to say. I know and like what Ruben brings to the table ( and he is getting better ), but Jose is the better player.

      • Nathan: I don’t think Reyes was lowballed as much as he was ignored and not given any kind of offer. Splitting hairs, I know. I disagree with you in that this isn’t about money. Isn’t it always about money?-JD