I admit it – I am torn when it comes to the debate whether to re-sign or trade Cy Young Award winning pitcher Robert Allen Dickey.
First off a little bit of back story. When I first learned of Omar Minaya’s signing of Dickey I decried it essentially as a scrap heap pick up. Dickey wasn’t even a has been – he was a never was. So I held out little optimism when he made his first start for the Mets against the Washington Nationals midway through the ’10 season.
Well Dickey got off to a quick 6-0 start and I became hooked with the knuckleballer who seemed to come out of nowhere. Dickey quickly became one of my all-time favorite players. He is not your typical ballplayer. Instead of a having a bloated ego he is very humble. He is always kind enough to talk to fans and bloggers alike . He is a bulldog when on the mound – not wanting to leave the game unless he knows that he is totally spent. In essence he is the type of pitcher that the Mets haven’t had in almost 2 decades.
But I can also see why he should be traded if a contract extension cannot be reached between his agent and Sandy Alderson. If there is a unbreakable stalemate in terms of years or dollars between the two sides – and the Mets are made an offer that they cannot refuse for Dickey (one that includes a power hitting outfielder or catcher – possibly both) then you pull the trigger. If an agreement on a contract extension is reached between both sides – whether it is for a 2- or 3-year extension with reasonable financial raises then that’s great also. The bottom line is that the Mets need to get something in return for Dickey if he is not signed.
Alderson cannot allow the Jose Reyes off-season circus of last season to manifest itself this off-season. I admit that I hate seeing the better players on this roster leave via a trade, but sometimes it is a good thing. Case in point: back in 1981 – then-Mets G.M. Frank Cashen traded fan favorite and All Star player, Lee Mazilli to the Texas Rangers for pitching prospects Ron Darling and Walt Terrell. Both pitchers ended up pitching well for the Mets, and Terrell was dealt to the Tigers for one of the better third basemen in Mets history (Howard Johnson). Within three years of the Mazzilli trade the Mets went from the bottom feeders of the National League to a powerhouse.
I am not saying that by dealing Dickey the Mets will automatically become world beaters, but it is possible that they may fill some glaring holes.
Either way to be a Mets fan right now is tough, and hopefully Dickey will be retained, but if he isn’t I hope Alderson will at the very least get a handsome return on him if he is dealt.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:
The first pitcher to start a game for the Mets, Jay Hook is 76 (1936).
Mets reliever from ’67-’70, Cal Koonce would have been 72 today (1940) .
Mets outfielder from ’77-’80, Steve Henderson is 60 (1952).
Outfielder from the ’09 season, Gary Sheffield is 44 (1968).
Middle reliever from the ’99 season, Allen Watson is 42 (1970).
Middle reliever from the ’08 season, Matt Wise is 37 (1975).
Sadly on this date in 1995, original Mets infielder Charlie Neal passed away.
The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder Pat Howell to the Minnesota Twins for reserve outfielder Darren Reed on November 18, 1992.
The New York Mets traded outfielder Jeromy Burnitz and pitching prospect Joe Roa to the Cleveland Indians for pitchers Dave Mlicki, Jerry Dipoto, Paul Byrd and minor league infielder Jesus Azuaje on November 18, 1994.
Burnitz went on to become a good power hitting infielder, while Byrd,Mlicki and DiPoto went on to have long major league careers.
The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted middle reliever, Cory Lidle from the Mets on November 18, 1997.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays drafted reserve outfielder Carlos Mendoza from the Mets on November 18, 1997.
The New York Mets traded centerfielder Mike Cameron to the San Diego Padres for outfielder/first baseman Xavier Nady on November 18, 2005. I know at the time many fans chided then-G.M. Omar Minaya for this deal, but Nady proved to be a great pickup. Too bad the Mets dealt him to the Pirates for Oliver Perez and Roberto Hernandez later on that season due to the injury sustained by Duaner Sanchez.
The Washington Nationals signed utility man Marlon Anderson of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 18, 2005. Marlon would rejoin the Mets during the ’07 season.
The Atlanta Braves signed starting pitcher, Tom Glavine of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 18, 2007. Needless to say Mets fans were neither disappointed nor were they devastated when he left.
Mo Vaughn will not be eating tofurkey this Thanksgiving !