At least the Mets will have the good sense to deal R.A. Dickey to the American League, where he won’t have the chance to stick it to them several times a summer.
If the trade of Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays does happen, it will end one the most stubborn and stupid phases in franchise history, one where there have been numerous stubborn and stupid moments.
Numerous reports have Dickey, a project who turned into a Cy Young Award winner, on his way to the Blue Jays for a package that could include catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, so say good-bye soon to Josh Thole.
Talks appear to be serious, although they haven’t yet reached the stage where Dickey’s agent to talking to the Blue Jays about an extension or he’s being asked to take a physical.
Dickey underwent surgery after the season to repair an abdominal tear, an ailment that did not prevent him from winning 20 games.
The Texas Rangers were also in the hunt for Dickey, but apparently backed out because the Mets’ demands were too high.
The Mets exercised a $5 million option for 2013 on Dickey with the stated intent of working on an extension. On top of the $5 million option, Dickey wanted two more years for $26 million. Meanwhile, the Mets were offering two years at $20 million.
So, it boils down to the Mets losing one of their few bright spots on the field, plus one of their most popular players for just $6 million.
That’s chump change by today’s standards.
The Mets were peeved when Dickey used the club’s holiday party as a forum to express his displeasure at the pace of the negotiations.
Dickey said: “In the context of the market, you want what you think is fair. I feel like we’re asking for less than what’s fair because that’s how it’s been for me.
“There is a surprise sometimes when things don’t get done quickly and you already think you’re extending the olive branch. At the same time, they have a budget they have to adhere to. I don’t know those numbers. And, I try not to take it personally.’’
It is puzzling why the Mets would be upset at Dickey for expressing his feelings when, 1) he was doing the team a favor by appearing in costume at the club’s invitation, 2) the words were hardly inflammatory, and 3) the team invited him knowing there would be media present asking pointed questions.
The most pointed question is: Why did this get so far?