NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Well Sandy Alderson locked up third baseman David Wright rather swiftly, but that might not be the case for reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.
Forget an extension — the knuckleballer may not even be a Met by the end of this week.
Alderson picked up Dickey’s 2013 option earlier in the offseason, and he has repeatedly said that extending Dickey is one of his main priorities of the offseason.
But it’s also no secret that the Mets have been listening to trade offers, as New York has many holes to fill and Dickey is a hot commodity on the trade market.
Sources have told ESPN’s Jayson Stark that the Amazins’ have gotten “serious” about trading Dickey, potentially as early as this week at the Winter Meetings.
The Rangers — perennial contenders and the team that drafted Dickey in 1996 — along with the Royals are seen as potential fits, Stark reported.
Alderson will certainly ask for top prospect Wil Myers in a deal with the Royals, but reports have indicated that Kansas City will be unlikely to part with the outfielder.
The Mets are talking to several teams about trading the 38-year-old, reported WFAN’s Jon Heyman, and are looking for catching and outfield help in return.
The Mets got virtually no production out of the catcher’s spot this season, as starter Josh Thole hit just .234 with one homer and 21 RBIs. The outfield is also in shambles. The Mets cut ties with Jason Bay earlier in the offseason and recently non-tendered Andres Torres.
Dickey was brilliant for New York this season, going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts. The former journeyman walked just 54 hitters in 233 2/3 innings pitched.
He’s set to make $5 million for New York in 2013.
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