The R.A. Dickey saga continues to twist and turn this offseason. The latest developments could lead to a happy ending for those who wish to see the Cy Young winner remain in Queens for a few more years. The New York Mets have raised their offer to Dickey to a three year, 25 million dollar extension, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. Dickey, 37, is already locked in for 2013 with a five million dollar option the club picked up back in October. The extension would add another two years at 10 million dollars a year for Dickey, who was believed to be seeking a three year, 31 million dollar commitment from the club. The latest offer, if true, would bring the gap between the two sides to a total of six million dollars.
Dickey, who is slated to appear alongside Ike Davis and John Franco at the club's holiday party today, could still be moved to another team via trade. The market has cleared up a bit following Zack Greinke's decision to sign a six year, 147 million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Kansas City Royals, another potential suitor for Dickey, chose to trade star outfield prospect Wil Myers (who the Mets wanted in any Dickey deal) to Tampa Bay with several other prospects for starters James Shields and Wade Davis. The Mets' main partners in the Dickey talks have been the Texas Rangers, who have money to spend and a hole in their starting rotation they would like to fill. The Mets have reportedly asked the Rangers for two top prospects, slugging infielder Mike Olt and outfielder Leonys Martin. The possibility of a deal with the Rangers has decreased, however, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
The Mets need to resolve the Dickey situation as soon as possible. Dickey, who has been a good public face for the organization, has been left twisting in the wind for far too long. Dickey has become such a popular figure within the Mets fan base that bringing him into 2013 with only a one year contract is asking for trouble. Fans have seemed to be understanding that Dickey could bring a high return via trade, but if that is not the case anymore the Mets should look towards securing an extension with their Cy Young winner. Zack Greinke, who has produced similar stats to Dickey over the last similar seasons, just signed a 147 million dollar contract with the Dodgers. Dickey is asking for peanuts relative to Greinke, and the fact that the Mets are playing hard ball over a few million dollars is mind boggling. Dickey is a draw on a team that desperately needs to get fans in the seats, and since it certainly appears the trade market for him is underwhelming, the Mets need to close the deal on an extension for him. If they don't, the Mets could face backlash from fans.Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Mets, R.A. Dickey, Texas Rangers, Zack Greinke