National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey should be feeling a little anxious as talks have fallen apart to re-sign the knuckball pitcher.
According to ESPN reporter Adam Rubin, “The Mets were working Saturday morning toward completing a trade that would send the 38-year-old knuckleballer to the Toronto Blue Jays, a major league executive aware of the talks told ESPNNewYork.com.”
R.A. Dickey headed North to join Jays
The Blue Jays have been the all-around winners during baseball’s offseason. The league must now recognize and respect what this team has been able to accomplish in such little time.
It all started with the controversial fire sale from the Miami Marlins that sent Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck and Josh Johnson up North.
The Jays aren’t done yet as they can improve their pitching rotation once more with Dickey.
“Upon completion of the trade, Dickey would become only the fourth reigning Cy Young Award winner in major league history to start the following season with a new team via trade, joining David Cone (1995), Pedro Martinez (1998) and Roger Clemens (1999). Three other reigning Cy Young winners—Catfish Hunter (1975), Mark Davis (1990), Greg Maddux (1993)—switched teams for the following season as free agents.”
There is still a chance Dickey could be a Met for the start of the 2013 season as he is under contract for next year for $5 million.
Throughout the negotiation process Dickey has expressed his frustration by the pace in which everything was taking place. Dickey’s asking price was in the range of $26 million to $28 million for an additional two years.
The Mets countered with only $20 million for two years.
“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.”