The results of the Cy Young voting may be a week away, but R.A. Dickey has already taken home some hardware. Dickey, coming off a 20 win campaign for the New York Mets, is already the presumptive favorite for the Cy Young Award and is currently negotiating on a new contract with the team. Dickey's leverage in the negotiations may have just increased with his newest piece of hardware, which headlines this week's edition of Mets 101 News and Notes. Let's start with:
R.A. Dickey Wins Player's Choice Award:
R.A. Dickey has been named the Player's Choice Award winner for Outstanding Pitcher in the National League, MetsBlog.com reports. Dickey, 38, led the National League in innings pitched (233.2), strikeouts (230), complete games (five) and shutouts (three). The Player's Choice awards are chosen through a vote in which players recognize fellow players for outstanding achievements. Winning this award is a tremendous honor, and Dickey reflected on that with the following words:
It's an extreme honor to be recognized by the people who you play against and compete against all year long. To know my peers think this highly of me is a tremendous feeling.
No Progress on Extensions for Dickey or Wright:
The Mets offseason goal was to get David Wright and R.A. Dickey signed to extensions quickly in order to move onto improving the club around them. That goal was stated five weeks ago, when reports surfaced that extensions with the pair could be reached by the end of the World Series. The World Series has come and gone and the Mets have made little progress with either player, Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger reports. Both the team and the players' representatives have remained quiet about negotiations, but there is a possibility negotiations will accelerate at this week's GM Meetings. Wright is seeking a seven or eight year contract that will carry him into retirement, while Dickey is expected to be seeking an extension commanding at least 10 million dollars a season. Baseball officials have previously stated that they expect the Mets and Wright to eventually reach an agreement, while Dickey's future is much less certain. Baseball sources believe that at least 12 teams would be interested in Dickey if the Mets decided to trade him, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. Dickey could command a lot in a trade, so the Mets could decide to maximize his value via the trade market if they cannot agree to terms on an extension. We will have more on the possibility of a Dickey trade in the coming days at Mets 101.
Lucas Duda Fractures Wrist:
The unusual injuries for sports star category now has another entrant. That would be outfielder Lucas Duda, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Duda fractured his wrist while moving furniture in his California apartment and had surgery for the fracture at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The procedure was performed by a Mets team doctor and Duda is expected to be ready for spring training. Given the Mets' extremely shaky outfield situation to begin with, it will be curious to see how Duda's health impacts the team's offseason plans.
The Mets Chip in to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts:
As much of the tri-state area continues the slow recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the New York Mets have chipped in to help out the local community. The team has already pledged a $100,000 dollar donation to the New York Daily News' Hurricane relief fund and is now organizing a food drive at Citi Field on November 14. The food drive will take place between 9am to 5pm and all donations are to be dropped off inside the Gil Hodges VIP entrance next to the Mets team store. Items most needed for the food drive are cans of fruit and vegetables, plastic jars of peanut butter, cereal (both hot and cold), and boxes of macaroni and cheese. Any fan who donates 10 or more items to the collection will receive a voucher for a pair of Mets tickets to an April 2013 home game. All food donated to the drive will go to City Harvest, who stocks food pantries and soup kitchens as well as making emergency food deliveries to areas with severe effects from the super storm.
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