The reigning N.L. Cy Young Award winner could have a new home by Opening Day next season. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com tweets that the Mets are shopping him aggressively and he could be on the move sooner rather than later.
As Stark notes, the Royals and Rangers are both actively seeking starting pitching and could be potential landing spots for him. Dickey actually came up with the Rangers after being drafted by them in the first round of the 1996 amateur draft.
The Mets and Dickey had been discussing a multi-year extension, but clearly those talks have gone nowhere and now New York will see what they can get for him on the trade market. Dickey is 38 years old, but his age shouldn’t be a factor, as baseball history has shown that knuckle ball specialists can pitch effectively well into their 40s, and Dickey shouldn’t raise any injury concerns.
The Mets will likely be looking for a package of multiple high end prospects in return for Dickey, who won the Cy Young in 2012 after posting a 20-6 record with a 2.73 ERA for the last place Mets. He’s been a very effective and durable pitcher since joining the Mets in 2010. He’ll make $5 million next season in the final year of his current contract.