Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted earlier today that “All signs point to #Mets trading Dickey. Little progress with extension, 1 yr./$5M looks more attractive by the day.” The Mets are certainly gambling in their efforts to increase Dickey’s trade value as the pitcher becomes more and more vocal regarding his displeasure surrounding the situation. This is, however, the gambling season with NCAA bowls kicking off this weekend! Remember to check out all the great match-ups and Bowl Game Odds this college football bowl season!
Rosenthal has followed up with a column suggesting five teams to watch on the trade front and it’s no surprise that he listed the Mets atop the list (click here to read in full):
The Texas Rangers are among the clubs interested in Dickey, sources say, but the price remains high. The Mets are telling clubs that they have an acceptable trade offer for Dickey, but they are trying to get an even better package, one source says”
Well Sandy Alderson is certainly letting the market develop and while I don’t think this necessarily means a Dickey trade is inevitable, it is becoming more and more apparent that this is in fact the Mets preference. Look, guys like Kevin Correia, Joe Blanton, and Ryan Dempster are getting two year deals that make what Dickey is rumored to be asking for seem like an incredibly reasonable deal, but the Metsecutives are trying to fill multiple holes at the major league level while dealing from what they view as a position of strength.
In addition to the Rangers, who have now watched Zack Grienke and Josh Hamilton choose other destinations, Jon Heyman of SI.com lists the Blue Jays and Angels as potential suitors for Dickey.
Danny Knobler of CBS and Joel Sherman of the New York Post also point to the Blue Jays as being a team to watch.
I’m perfectly fine with how Alderson is handling the situation as it’s becoming more and more clear that he has judged the market correctly. Teams that may have ‘wanted’ Dickey a week or so ago may now feel as though the ‘NEED’ him. That will help the market develop for his services and that’s exactly what Sandy wanted.
Andy Martino of the Daily news even lists the Baltimore Orioles as a team having entered the race, going as far as to call Thursday’s talks ‘intense’.
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