The Mets enter the Winter Meetings with three needs, but don’t expect any to be met soon because of their approach of waiting out the process.
They are seeking a shortstop, a right-handed bat off the bench and left-handed reliever.
The Mets want an upgrade over shortstop Wilmer Flores, but for now aren’t biting on Stephen Drew, Asdrubal Cabrera or Jed Lowrie. They could have had any of the three if they wanted and their thinking is to wait this out to see if their asking price will drop.
Another possibility, Didi Gregorius, was acquired by the Yankees in a trade. The Mets aren’t inclined to deal to fill any of their needs unless a team takes either Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese or Dillon Gee. Because determining the free-agent market usually comes before trades, the problem facing the Mets in dealing their pitchers is teams needing pitching first want to see where Jon Lester, Max Scherzer or James Shields land.
So, for now, waiting appears to be the Mets’ course of action. No surprise there.
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.
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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.