With contract negotiations stalling between the New York Mets and Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, sources have informed ESPN New York that the ace could be dealt from the Mets roster as soon as this weekend. Another high ranking baseball executive said that the situation between Dickey and the Mets is “at a very sensitive spot”.
“If I was in Vegas, then I would put some money on it,” the source said, “but the way this situation has gone, you never know.”
The tension between the two sides is still stemming from the fact that Dickey wants anywhere between $26 million to $28 million over an additional two years on his contract. The first knuckleballing Cy Young winner is set to make just under $5 million next season under his current contract. The best offer the Mets have given Dickey is two years and $20 million.
Rumblings that a trade is the only solution to this problem have been bubbling up to the surface for quite some time now but this is the closest we’ve been to any sort of a trade timeline being setup.
Dickey brought up his frustration with the slow pace o the negoatiations while at the Mets holiday party, something the Mets were none too happy about afterwords.
“In the context of the market, you want what you think is fair,” Dickey said. “I feel like we’re asking for less than what’s fair because that’s how it’s been for me. There is a surprise sometimes when things don’t get done quickly and you already think you’re extending the olive branch. At the same time, they have a budget they have to adhere to. I don’t know those numbers. And I try not to take it personally.”
It’s clear that the floor rotting beneath Dickey and the Mets.
Should he be traded, Dickey will become the fourth Cy Young winner to win the award one year and begin his followup season in a different uniform. David Cone won the strike-shortened 1994 Cy Young award with the Royals and started the next season with the Blue Jays, Pedro Martinez won the award in 1997 with the 1998 season with the Red Sox and that same year Roger Clemens won the Cy Young with the Blue Jays and began the 1999 season with the Yankees.