Cy Young Award
Marcum officially signed with the Mets on Wednesday and is healthy and ready to go. Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi drafted Marcum when he was Toronto’s GM back in 2003, and Marcum saw the Mets as a good fit for himself some 10 years later.
“I think it’s important for me to grieve leaving New York,” Dickey said on Tuesday. “I had a proverbial home there. I had a home among fans. I had a home in an organization.”
R.A. Dickey had a message to deliver, and he delivered it loud and clear. Speaking at a Mets holiday party, Dickey was clearly frustrated by the slow pace of negotiations and the underwhelming offers that have been delivered to him.
David Wright and the New York Mets finalized an eight-year, $138 million contract on Tuesday, the largest deal in the team’s history.
Sources said that the Amazins’ have gotten “serious” about trading Dickey, potentially as early as this week at the Winter Meetings.
Ask the question, Mets fans: Would you rather see Cinderella or a World Series?
“The talks are ongoing, and I’m really hopeful that we’re going to reach a compromise to stay a New York Met,” Dickey said Thursday. “That’s my heart. I’ve expressed that repeatedly to Sandy and to the powers that be.”
Incredible, yes. Dickey had a lot of people to thank, and wanted to make sure Mets fans were at the top of that list.
Dickey garnered 27 of 32 first-place votes and easily outdistanced 2011 winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gio Gonzalez of Washington finished third.
In the third sentence of his memoir, a humble R.A. Dickey said he’d “never lead the league in strikeouts.” It’s time for a revision — or maybe two.
The talks and negotiations are slow-moving. One person with knowledge of the contract proceedings said that the Mets are “not close” to agreeing to terms with either player.
After a down year in 2011 — which was split between Cincinnati and Washington — Gomes bounced back to hit 18 home runs and drive in 47 runs in 279 at-bats, along with his best-ever .377 on-base percentage for the A’s.
The Amazin’s are expected to begin negotiations by offering Wright a contract in the vicinity of $100 million, according to a report. The Mets’ all-time hits leader hit .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs in 2012.
Putting a little sizzle on a pitch that dances like a butterfly before bending toward home plate, Dickey has been dominant this year. And he has cemented his place not only in Mets lore, but also in New York history.
Fresh off his milestone 20th win of the season, Dickey expressed his desire to stay with the Mets — and bring winning baseball back to Flushing.
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