I meant to get to this yesterday but unfortunately at the time our blog was having uh maintenance issues.
After RA’s last start where he dominated the Phillies for 7 innings yet fell to the Mets offense, he had the following to say:
“It’s unfulfilling,” Dickey said. “I’m not leaving the park satisfied, that’s for sure.”
Obviously all the talk is about Wright and if he will be re-signed, traded, let reach FA? If he is clutch or a choker and blah blah blah. However, you get the occasional thought about Dickey. RA’s season has been nothing short of incredible and he currently is my favorite pitcher to watch. Yes I said pitcher, not a freak of nature. He knows exactly what he is doing out there but not only that he is a great representative of the team off the field as well. He has went above and beyond to represent the Mets brand in the media as well as the community. He really is the complete package.
However, while RA is a different breed, I think that the drive to win on a personal and team level is just as strong as many other potential FA. Most likely more so than your average player Dickey knows how quickly you can burst on the scene and how quickly you can fall from grace. He obviously has to be concerned about the future of his family so it’s not to say money isn’t a concern but regardless of what his future is, he is going to get paid handsomely the next 3-5 years. In my opinion it will boil completely down to what the team does for RA to make his decision about his future with the Mets. In fact I am not sure there could be an extension on the board this off-season that he would take unless that offer was over the top.
Dickey has known to be upset at the deadlines about not acquiring the help needed. While never really critical you could tell that RA is fighting for his players, himself, his team, the fans. Most of you know my feelings on the deadline and not wanting fluff to make me feel better. I was rational enough to know that the team had no shot in hell of continuing to be in the race and a mediocre player here or there wouldn’t change anything. However, that is not the job of the player. The player has to believe in himself and the team above and beyond. So is there something to the fact that to the players trade rumors and moves or lack of moves either one could upset the balance or “deflate the team”? Sure. To what level? On a team knows that.
What we do know is that moving forward the Mets seem to have decided to build their team around their young pitching. With not only guys like Niese, Harvey and Wheeler (throw Gee in that list as well if healthy) but hopefully a host more including Mejia, Familia, Fulmer and guys that I should be more familiar with.
What we also know is the Mets system is void of hitters and honestly void of competent defenders at multiple positions with top players always being forced to play out of position if they even have one.
Omar had one thing right long ago and then strayed from it. It’s time to go old school and get back to what he actually had right. Not just in terms of drafting and trades but FA as well. The Mets are never going to be a station to station team that blast HR over the great walls of Citi. They need to be built on Pitching, Speed and Defense. While originally I might have been to optimistic on when that could occur, I still feel that with fundamental changes that process can get rolling this off-season but some of the moves will not be popular. However, what is more unpopular? Sucking.
So all that to say this. RA Dickey is having the best season a Mets pitcher has had since the days of Gooden. Strike while the iron is hot, it’s not going to end well. So trading Dickey isn’t going to be popular and not only that what I am proposing might be even more unpopular. Most will say that if Dickey is traded it should be for a power hitter. I disagree. The first step is to find that lead-off hitter that is sorely missing. My proposal is Dickey for Elvis Andrus. I am not going to lie, I don’t really know how desperate the Rangers are to find room for 19 year old Profar. What I do know is that they are certainly in win now mode and have been doing so for 3 years now. Yet they are sorely missing that “Ace” of the staff level pitcher.
Yes I know we already have a SS. However, if you are a fan of WAR (which I have my battles with) Andrus’ WAR is over double that of Tejada. Also according to Fangraphs fielding stat Ruben significantly trails Elvis in that category as well. I like Ruben but one thing he is not is a superstar level SS. My proposal remember is about speed and defense so Ruben actually still has a major role, at 2B. Daniel is a great story but he just isn’t a 2B. Honestly I don’t know what he is. Has he been better than expected? Yeah. But they also play him in shallow RF which can’t be beneficial to the overall defense. Ruben with his great defense at 2B and ability to fight off pitches would be a great #2 hitter moving forward.
I could go on and on and it doesn’t have to be Andrus. What I do feel however is the Mets have to make moves to shake things up. Stop worrying about continuing status quo and keeping draws for the fans because guess what? It’s not working.