Monday, December 03, 2012
Rumor Mill: Mets are seriously thinking about trading R.A. Dickey
Sources have told ESPN’s Jayson Stark that the Amazins’ have gotten “serious” about trading Dickey, potentially as early as this week at the Winter Meetings.
The Rangers are perennial contenders for Dickey's services and the team that drafted him in 1996 — along with the Royals are seen as potential fits, Stark reported.
Alderson will certainly ask for top prospect Wil Myers in a deal with the Royals, but reports have indicated that Kansas City will be unlikely to part with the outfielder.
The Mets are talking to several teams about trading the 38-year-old, reported WFAN’s Jon Heyman, and are looking for catching and outfield help in return.
GM Sandy Alderson acknowledged that he's had "preliminary talks" with multiple teams about Dickey and other players, tweets Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. According to Alderson, there have been more conversations about Dickey than Niese, though that could change.
Fair or not, Dickey's age and repertoire is making teams reluctant to give up significant talent for him, tweets Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Of course, as Martino adds in a second tweet, it just takes one club to step up and change that. Still, for now, Jonathon Niese is viewed as the more appealing Mets arm, according to Martino.
Although the Mets are "more than willing" to discuss Dickey, the Red Sox haven't shown any interest, says Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, noting that the Mets could do better than Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Twitter links).