According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, R.A. Dickey has drawn interest from eight teams as it was reported yesterday. Heyman lists Royals, Orioles, Rangers, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Nationals. Of the eight, the Nats are least likely because the Mets prefer to trade outside the divison.
While trade talks are ongoing, Dickey and the Mets are also working on a two-year extension, a negotiation that is at two months and counting.
Teams have suggested Mets GM Sandy Alderson is naming high prices one cited by ESPNNewYork.com was Red Sox outfield prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. and shortstop prospect Xander Boegarts but the Mets understand the sky-high value on starting pitchers and Dickey's extra premium as a Cy Young winner.
The Mets are most interested in catching and outfield help back in trade, but Alderson is open to any talent and generally looking for the best available.
The Royals have top outfield prospect Wil Myers but are thought to have rebuffed the idea of Myers in a Dickey trade, preferring to deal a package of younger prospects instead. The Blue Jays have young outfeilder Anthony Gose and avaialble catcher J.P. Arencibia. The Rangers probably have the strongest farm system of the teams involved.
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