Showing posts with label R.A. Dickey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label R.A. Dickey. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dickey Rumblings

Dickey Rumblings:

GM Sandy Alderson now believes the most likely scenario involves the Mets keeping Dickey without an extension, tweets Bob Nightengale of the USA Today. However, that's not the team's preferred option.

Speaking to the media, Jeff Wilpon reiterated that Dickey could return to the Mets for 2013 without an extension, and made that option sound more realistic than a trade, according to's Adam Rubin (Twitter link).

Dickey himself told Jim Bowden of and SiriusXM that he feels like he and the Mets are "inching toward" an extension (Twitter link). The knuckleballer also spoke to's Buster Olney, repeating that he's "hopeful" about a deal with the Mets, but understands that it's Sandy Alderson's job to make the Mets better (Twitter link).

The Mets know they can sign Dickey to a two-year extension worth about $13MM annually, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. However, the team doesn't appear willing to go quite that high yet.

Mets officials suggest the chances of Dickey remaining a Met are in the 55-45 range, says Sherman. The Mets' asking price remains high, as one rival executive tells Sherman: "Any team would take Dickey. But this is not Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee being traded. I would take him, but for top prospects, no."

I still seriously believe nothing will happen with Dickey until Zach Greinke Signs his contract... Everything said sounds like a PR smoke screen with the evidence above , but the Mets will not let anyone know their real plans.. I believe they will try to trade Dickey to the highest bidder after teams who have lost out on the higher tier pitchers and if  the Mets don't get what they want, they will try to sign Dickey to an extension.. LGM!  -DD

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Rumor Mill: Latest Dickey Rumblings

Latest Dickey Rumblings:

Dollars, not years, are the stumbling block in extension talks between Dickey and the Mets, Dickey's agent tells Adam Rubin of
Dickey's agent Bo McKinnis says little progress has been made with the Mets in extension talks, according to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal (via Twitter). "We're just talking in different neighborhoods in terms of dollars," McKinnis said.
McKinnis wouldn't be surprised if Dickey is traded, tweets Adam Rubin of
The Mets are telling teams that they won't go the "Carlos Beltran route" with Dickey and just trade him for one prospect, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Because suitors would have Dickey for a full year rather than a half-season and would have a better chance of extending Dickey, the Mets are seeking multiple prospects (Twitterlinks).

Rumor Mill: Heyman lists the eight teams for Dickey

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 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.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Rumor Mill: Blue Jays might make a package deal for Dickey

Jim Duquette of hears that the Blue Jays are one of the "serious suitors" for R.A. Dickey.

Duquette says that the Jays would send J.P. Arencibia and "others" to the Mets in the deal. Arencibia would make sense given that the Mets need catching help, but they would surely seek a better player as the headliner of a deal if they decide to trade Dickey.

I mentioned yesterday that J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis would be a good fit at Citi Field.....

The Red Sox are also interested in the knuckleballer, and the Royals have been mentioned as a possible suitor.

The Mets have to waiting for the Zach Greinke contract to get signed before they make a trade...It will bump the Dickey value up and the Mets can demand more!

Rumor Mill: Mets Meet with eight teams including the Red Sox about Dickey

Bradley Jr.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, the Mets met with eight teams Monday about R.A. Dickey.

The suitors include the Boston Red Sox.  Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and Alderson met Monday afternoon, with New York looking for top Red Sox prospects -  outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and shortstop Xander Boegarts in exchange for the Cy Young Award winner.

However, it's unlikely the Red Sox would part with those two prospects.

Boegarts is ranked #1 in the organization and Bradley is ranked #3.

Alderson insisted he had not resolved to trade Dickey, nor would he say the momentum had moved appreciably in that direction. Still, the GM added, he had not even spoken with Bo McKinnis, Dickey's agent, since arriving in Nashville.

Rumor Mill: Mets are seriously thinking about trading R.A. Dickey

According to multiple reports the Mets are seriously thinking about trading the reining NL Cy Young Award winner 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.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Dickey, Alderson's Plan, Wright

Mets News and Notes:

Mets GM Sandy Alderson confirmed that he met with R.A. Dickey for about ten minutes today, but said that the talk was purely social, tweets Adam Rubin of Alderson said that he wouldn't negotiate without the knuckleballer's agent present.

R.A. Dickey told reporters, including Jon Paul Morosi of, he wants to remain a Met, "That’s 100 percent my hope. That being said, you never want to be taken advantage of."

Alderson also stressed that a resolution on Dickey doesn't have to come during the meetings, tweets Marc Carig of Newsday.

No big surprise, but Alderson expects to focus on the trade market as he doubts there are sufficient free agents at Mets' spending capacity to meet all of their needs, Rubin tweets.

The Rangers are interested in talking with the Mets about R.A. Dickey at the Winter Meetings this week, a source tells T.R. Sullivan of The Rangers aren't alone in having interest in the knuckleballer as the Mets have taken calls from six or seven teams looking to swing a trade. The Mets are expected to look for outfield help and catching in a deal.

David Wright will undergo a physical tomorrow that will complete his $138MM contract extension with the Mets, a Major League source tells's Adam Rubin.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dickey Contract Chatter

Dickey Chatter Around the Internet:

The two sides had dialogue today and the Mets are willing to improve their offer, Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio reports (on Twitter). However, the sides aren't close to a deal.

Talks "could heat up really soon" a team insider told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (Twitter link).

Adam Rubin of hears that Dickey will accept a two-year contract that would presumably begin after 2013 (Twitter links). Now, Rubin writes, it’s just a question of agreeing on an appropriate annual salary. Mets people seem confident they’ll complete a deal with Dickey, according to Rubin.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dickey getting shopped not signed? - Upton to Tigers?

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Mets have shown little actual interest in negotiating with Dickey, who is under contract for next season at $5 million.

Instead, they’re discussing him in trades at the GM meetings. If they get the right deal, they will just move on.

Trading Dickey, 38, probably is the right thing for the Mets to do, considering all of their holes.

But the Mets intend to pin this on Dickey, but they first need to make him a substantial offer.

Dickey, the Mets will say, wanted too much in a contract extension, so the team traded him rather than get suckered into a bad deal.

Many have reported that the Mets may have interest in Right Fielder Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade.

But it appears that one executive suggests the Detroit Tigers as a possible darkhorse for Upton.

The Diamondbacks want a shortstop or a third baseman, and the Tigers could offer third-base prospect Nick Castellanos and a combination of other players, including right fielder Avisail Garcia and pitchers Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly.

The Tigers at least have the players to make such a deal happen and Dave Dombrowski according to Fox's Rosenthal is one of the game’s boldest, most aggressive GMs.

Dickey Finalist in NL Cy Young Voting, Nickeas gets Minor League Contract

R.A. Dickey, along with Gio Gonzalez and Clayton Kershaw, are the finalists for the

National League Cy Young Award.

The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Dickey told Newsday extension talks with the Mets had progressed, but a team insider said neither the knuckleballer nor David Wright was close to signing a long-term deal.

• The Mets reportedly have re-signed Mike Nickeas to a minor league contract with spring-training invite.

Mets Assistant Gm Ricco Speaks about decision on Bay, Wright/Dickey Contract Negotiations

Mets Assistant GM John Ricco talked to ESPN's Adam Rubin at the GM Meetings in California.

He talked about a variety of topics including the decision on Jason Bay and the Wright and Dickey Contract talks.

On the talk of Bay,  Ricco said the Mets initiated the Bay buyout talks.

“There were no discussions prior to the season ending. As you guys all lived with him and saw him, he was giving his best right till the end. But it was a difficult time for him and we saw that, and I think at some point decided. But as Sandy said, we really were hopeful to bring him back and see what he could do, but at the end of the day we reached an agreement that really works for both of us.”

"I think it’s safe to say it will help us, but to the extent? I can’t really say," Ricco said. "But what it does do obviously is it clears up a situation, not in a positive way, positive in terms of there’s no lingering doubt as to, ‘Is he going to come back, is he going to be the player he used to be?’ We have some certainty that he’s moved on. Now we know what we need to do and we know who we have, and we’ll have to address that moving forward.”

On Wright talks, Ricco said: “They’re ongoing. We’re still discussing. I’ve been through enough of these that it’s hard to say what’s close, what’s not. We’ve had dialogue, and they kind of have, each of these has a speed to itself. So it’s hard for me to predict. But we’re still in dialogue with him and optimistic we can get something done.”

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay, Burke, Nickeas, Mets Baserunning, Duda, Dickey

Mets News and Notes:

Attention Mets Fans: The Mets have bought out Jason Bay, who had been owed $19 million. Terms of the settlement were not immediately available.

The Mets have signed right-handed reliever Greg Burke to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

Burke, 30, split last season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles organization. He went a combined 3-1 with a 1.53 ERA and 17 saves in 44 appearances.

Burke's lone major league experience came in 2009 with the Padres. He had a 4.14 ERA in 48 relief appearances.

He originally is a product of Gloucester (N.J.) Catholic.

After being outrighted off the 40-man roster, Mike Nickeas has elected free agency, a team official said.

Fred Lewis, who also had been removed from the roster, chose free agency as well.

The Mets currently have catchers Josh Thole and Anthony Recker on the 40-man roster.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Mets off-season plans depend on "The Wright Situation"

The Mets have many holes to fill this off-season..The Mets have needs at catcher, outfield and bullpen, but everything is secondary to completing a deal with Wright, whose agents are continuing discussions with team brass about a long-term contract extension for the All-Star third baseman.

The Mets earlier this week exercised their 2013 option on Wright worth $16 million, but if a long-term deal can’t be struck, there is a real possibility Wright will be traded before next month’s Winter Meetings conclude.

Yesterday a source said negotiations between Wright’s agents, Sam and Seth Levinson, and the Mets were ongoing, but stuck in neutral.

Wright, who will turn 30 next month, is believed to be seeking a seven-year contract in the $125 million range, which, coupled with his picked-up option (at either the current rate or a newly negotiated sum), would give him the largest deal in franchise history.

The Mets also picked up R.A. Dickey’s 2013 option, worth $5 million, earlier this week, but all indications are the team won’t begin serious negotiations with the knuckleballer until Wright’s situation is resolved.

There is the possibility the 38-year-old Dickey would want to know Wright’s status before agreeing to a new contract with the team. Trading Dickey also remains a possibility if a deal can’t be reached with the right-hander.

Former Reds and Nationals GM and ESPN Analysis Jim Bowden described the Mets front office as treating David Wright negotiations in a similar fashion to the way things went with Jose Reyes. Still,  Bowden predicted Wright ultimately would agree to an extension in the neighborhood of seven years, $126 million with the club (presumably on top of the $16 million extension for 2013 that already has been picked up).

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright/Dickey Contracts, Backman, Recker

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets have yet to have discussions with representatives for David Wright and R.A. Dickey about years and dollars on contract extensions, according to the Daily News.

Both players have team options for 2013.

It stands to reason at this point that both players' options will be picked up shortly after the World Series to keep them under the Mets' control while the sides talk about longer-term deals.
Wally Backman will remain the Mets' Triple-A manager for 2013.

Backman managed Buffalo to a 67-76 record this past season, in his third season managing in the minors for the organization. The Mets' Triple-A affiliate is moving to Las Vegas for next season.

There was no turnover on the Mets' major league coaching staff.
The Mets have claimed right-hitting catcher Anthony Recker off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Recker, 29, has a .152 average with one homer and four RBIs in 66 career major league at-bats with Oakland and Chicago spanning the past two seasons.

The move gives the Mets one righty-hitting option in spring training, although Recker likely provides depth at Triple-A.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dickey Goes to Surgery, Valdespin to 2B

Future Double Play Combo?
According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY,  R.A. Dickey is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn abdominal muscle.

After making his final 2012 start in Miami, the knuckleballer revealed he tore and possibly detached the stomach muscle during his second start of the season, on a cold April 13 night in Philadelphia. He dealt with "dull pain" in his stomach area throughout the season.

The surgery will take place in Philadelphia -- not with Mets doctors.

"Should be no big deal," Dickey tweeted Wednesday.

One other date to watch with Dickey: The National League Cy Young Award will be announced on Nov. 14.

After two games in right field, Jordany Valdespin started at second base on Wednesday night in the Dominican Winter League.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mets News: Formal Contract Negotiations with Dickey and Wright will begin Next Week

Mets GM Sandy Alderson has made it no secret that signing both David Wright and R.A. Dickey beyond 2013 is one of his top offseason priorities, and a source told Andy Martino of The New York Daily News that formal contract negotiations with both players could begin next week. "Too early to tell," said a source when asked if either player could agree to a new deal this month.

Earlier this week we learned that the team intends to open talks with Wright by offering a deal in the $100MM range, which would be in line with the six-year, $100MM extension Ryan Zimmerman signed with the Nationals earlier this year. The 29-year-old Wright hit .306/.391/.492 with 21 homers this year, and the Mets will surely exercise his $16MM club option for next season soon after the World Series.

Dickey, 37, could be in line for an Oliver Perez-like contract following his Cy Young caliber season, meaning three years and $36MM. The club will surely exercise his $5MM club option for 2013 as soon as necessary. Martino hears that Alderson is sincere in his desire to sign Dickey, but there is some in the organization who are concerned about his age and injury history. The knuckleballer pitched through a torn abdominal muscle this season and dealt with a right foot problem last year.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Mets could have new contracts in place for Dickey and Wright before the World Series Begins

It's likely that Mets third baseman David Wright and starting pitcher R.A. Dickey could have new contracts in place by the time the World Series begins, a source told the New York Post's Mike Puma.

The Mets hold options on both players for 2013 -- $16 million for Wright and $5 million for Dickey -- that are all but certain to be exercised should new deals not be in place in time.

Wright is believed to be seeking a contract valued at at least $125 million over seven years. He hit .306/.391/.492 with 21 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 670 plate appearances this season while being selected to the All-Star team for the sixth time.

Dickey, a contender for the NL Cy Young award, was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and led the NL with 230 strikeouts and 233 2/3 innings. The knuckleball pitcher turns 38 this month.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Dickey Ranked Number One to Win NL Cy Young

According to ESPN's Cy Young Predictor, R.A. Dickey still is ranked #1 to win the NL Cy Young by a small margin in which Gio Gonzalez trails him.. To make Dickey's case, he has more innings pitched, strikeouts, games, and a lower ERA, but has one less win than Gonzalez..

The one thing that Gonzalez has over Dickey (whether the voting media takes it into consideration) is on a team that has made it to the post season.

Still all and all for a knuckle-ball pitcher he has numbers like he was throwing in the mid 90's all summer.. Unbelievable accomplishment for R.A., He has my vote..

2012 Cy Young Predictor - NL
1R.A. DickeyNYM189.03433233.2712300320-62.730
2Gio GonzalezWSH187.03232199.1642070121-82.8912
3Johnny CuetoCIN163.73333217.0671700019-92.780
4Craig KimbrelATL158.563062.271164203-11.010
5Matt CainSF157.93232219.1681930216-52.790
6Cole HamelsPHI156.63131215.1732160217-63.050
7Aroldis ChapmanCIN153.068071.2121223805-51.510
8Kyle LohseSTL152.13333211.0671430016-32.860
9Clayton KershawLAD149.63333227.2642290214-92.530
10Jason MotteSTL144.267072.022864204-52.750

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Plan for 2013, Reyes Speaks, Greenberg AB, Dickey Surgery, Valdespin, Familia

Team sources gave insights to about the Mets' 2013 roster composition.

In the news story, a team executive expresses optimism David Wright will remain a Met long term, then become an ambassador for the organization, akin to the role 68 Year Old Tom Seaver currently holds. An official would not rule out trading Dickey.

It is unlikely Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez are re-signed. Andres Torres and Mike Pelfrey are expected to be non-tendered. The Mets would welcome back free-agent-to-be Scott Hairston, but believe he may get a two-year deal elsewhere and depart.

If Hairston departs, the outfield is barren. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who ended this season on the minor league DL with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot, will get strong consideration as the starting center fielder, a team official said. Lucas Duda would man a corner-outfield spot if the Mets do not trade Ike Davis and move Duda to first base. Mike Baxter would return as a backup outfielder.

A team official said the Mets will work hard during spring training with outfield prospect Matt den Dekker to cut down his strikeouts (154 in 533 at-bats between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo this season) to make him a 2013 option. Unfortunately for the Mets, den Dekker is a lefty hitter like Nieuwenhuis. The duo would be a quality platoon if one hit from the right side.
The Mets would like to upgrade over Kelly Shoppach, but the price may be right for a return when all is said and done. Ronny Cedeno likely will first look for a starting shortstop job elsewhere.

Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak, whose contract is expiring, likely will be unable to contribute in 2013. He underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder last month. While rookies Josh Edgin and Robert Carson have emerged as viable lefty options in the pen, the Mets also would like to bring in an established southpaw reliever, manager Terry Collins has said.

Team officials maintain anyone will be available in a trade for the right price, with Davis, Dickey, Daniel Murphy, Niese and Bobby Parnell among the pieces that might command the most. The organization, however, is conscious of its lack of power. So team officials recognize they cannot trade Davis, who has 31 homers this season, without getting a comparable power bat in return in that deal or otherwise. The Red Sox reportedly had two scouts at Monday’s Mets-Marlins game, with speculation they were watching Davis.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Mets News and Notes: 2013 Coaching Staff, Greenburg, Van Dusen, Pelfrey, Wilpon, Keys to Dickey

They will be back in 2013
Mets News and Notes:

The entire Mets coaching staff -- pitching coach Dan Warthen, hitting coach Dave Hudgens, bench coach Bob Geren, third base coach Tim Teufel, first base coach Tom Goodwin and bullpen coach Ricky Bones -- will return next season. Wally Backman, who managed the Triple-A club this season before joining the Mets in September, has yet to be presented with a 2013 role. A team source told that Las Vegas, the Mets' new Pacific Coast League home, may not be attractive to Backman.

Connecticut native Adam Greenberg, who was struck in the head with a pitch in his lone major league plate appearance -- on July 9, 2005 -- and subsequently developed vertigo will pinch hit for the Marlins today. He likely will face Dickey in the middle innings. The Mets will treat him like any other major league hitter.

Fred Van Dusen, the only other player in major league history to be hit with a pitch in his lone major league plate appearance and never play the field, will be on hand and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

It appears highly unlikely Mike Pelfrey will return in 2013, but Terry Collins and Warthen wouldn't mind having him back -- as a back end of the bullpen option, perhaps. Pelfrey, who underwent Tommy John surgery on May 1, has to be cut loose in December. Otherwise, the Mets would have to pay him at least 80 percent of this year's $5.6875 million salary. Once a free agent, Pelfrey would be free to sign anywhere. And agent Scott Boras likely would try to place Pelfrey with a team to start on a one-year contract with a reasonable base salary (maybe $2 million) and performance-based incentives.
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