Back in November R.A. Dickey was quoted to say the following, “He’s (Sandy Alderson) convinced me, …I think the Mets are moving in the right direction, that’s for sure. I certainly want to be part of that solution.” At the time when I read this quote I kept it in the context of when it was being said which was in the midst of contract extension talks and I refrained from reading too much into it.
It’s not that I didn’t believe what Dickey said cause I did but that I also believed that like most MLB players where baseball is their livelihood he wanted to be a part of the solution so long as he got what he felt was a contract representative of what he was worth. The same way I did not read too much into Wright’s comments about wanting to play with one team. Sure I believed Wright wanted to play with one team but with the caveat of only if he also got what he felt was a contract representative of what he was worth.
Fast forward a month later during the Mets annual holiday party. The idea of pitching in 2013 without a contract extension agreement prompted this response from Dickey, “If that’s the decision they feel like is best for the club, and that’s the decision that they make, I feel like it would be unfortunate, because it probably is going to mean I’m not going to be back (in 2014)”.
Again, I tried to keep this quote in the context of when it was said which was after a Winter meetings in which coming into it had David Wright having already agreed upon a new contract deal pending a physical thus allowing the focus to shift hopefully to either signing Dickey to an extension or possibly trading him. But the Winter meetings ended and not only was Dickey still awaiting a resolution on his extension talks or being traded but there was now quotes from ownership that they could just let Dickey play out his contract. “It’s a negotiation. They want more than we’re willing to give right now. We want to do it for less than they want to accept right now. Somewhere in between, there’s probably a deal to be done. If not, he’ll be a great bargain at $5 million playing out next season for us.” To Dickey though, his preference was to get an extension done during the Winter explaining,
“You obviously, when you sign an extension, you help yourself. You put yourself in a position to lessen the risk forthcoming of injury or what have you. So there’s that.
“But more than that, for me, is I enjoy being here, and I want to be a part of this place seeing brighter days.”
Add also that Dickey’s agent Bo McKinnis made it quite clear that he and Dickey understood the Mets exploring of trade options that may help improve the team and they were OK with it saying, “They somewhat have a choice to make,” McKinnis said. “Do they invest financially or are they better served going out into the trade market. We’re fine either way.” Saying also, “I used the phrase with Sandy,” McKinnis said. “We’re big boys. If we end up going to another team, it’s just fine. Sandy has a job to do and we respect that. We’ll take what comes.”
So Dickey wanted to sign an extension and if not he was OK with the Mets also trading him he just did not want to negotiate a contract during the season. In my opinion his comment of if he has to play out his contract it would probably mean that he won’t come back in 2014 was due to the Winter meetings coming to pass and there was still no resolution with his situation despite Dickey extending as he said an olive branch asking for what he felt was less than fair in contract negotiations.
While I didn’t disagree with what Dickey said I agree with the idea that Dickey could of used better judgement in his decision of speaking about his contract extension talks at the holiday party but Dickey to me has built up a lot of cred with how he has conducted himself as a Met that this was a very small transgression easily overlooked. If anything it appears that Alderson shoulders some of the responsibility in Dickey feeling the way he does regarding the negotiations because according to Dickey he thought things would of been done long before now based on verbiage from Alderson.
“I did because of the verbiage that (general manager) Sandy (Alderson) used at the end of the season kind of led me to believe that he wanted to do something very soon,” Dickey said. “Now that was my expectation based on his words. But these things — I think I’ve said this before — they kind of take on a life of their own. They have a timing for things. We have until spring training. But I would think they would formulate some kind of plan so they can know what they can do forthcoming.”
The Mets in my opinion based on how things have progressed somewhat misled Dickey as far as the lengths they were willing to go in signing him to an extension as opposed to trading him. It is pretty apparent that all parties were on board and in agreement with the idea of the Mets trying to trade Dickey to improve the team if they could as late as last week but again, when Dickey still a Met after the Winter meetings could not get an agreement despite him being as he said more than fair and the added comments by Jeff Wilpon, well I can understand why he didn’t hold back from saying what he did when he did at the holiday party.
Now we await to see if indeed the Mets and Blue Jays can consummate a trade that is reported to bring back two of the Blue Jyas top three prospects in catcher Travis D’Arnaud and pitcher Noah Syndergaard adding also catcher John Buck and another prospect in exchange for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole and a prospect. I don’t even want to think what will happen if the trade doesn’t go through. Will wait to see if indeed a trade occurs and who is involved before I comment but if indeed R.A. Dickey is traded I wish him nothing but the best and will pull for him in all his starts except vs the Mets of course.
Some other items of note:
I am surprised that the price of oil or Global Warming has not been blamed on the Wilpons. That the New York Post a paper that never misses an opportunity to throw a dig at the Mets releases a story by Ken Davidoff where he writes negative things about R.A. Dickey and this is then interpreted by some as ownership manipulating Davidoff as their puppet to write this? Wow!
Regarding Davidoff, despite him maintaining he has made similar claims in past articles before yesterday, that doesn’t make it any more true. The claims he makes are not ones I recall other media people ever claiming as observations they have made regarding Dickey. The only media person to come out and agree with Davidoff’s writing in his article was Kevin Burkhardt of SNY in a tweet where he told Davidoff that he “nailed it” and considering Burkhardt just recently finished criticizing ownership on the Mets Hot Stove and has asked the hard questions at times he provides the possibility of their being at least some truth in what Davidoff wrote. Yet another media person that follows the Mets Rich Coutinho of sports radio 660 WFAN in a tweet described what I am going to speculate was in reference to what was said in Davidoff’s article as “classless”.
So which is it? Considering that I only recall one person expressing this view and K.B. only now when Dickey is about to be traded agreeing with Davidoff at least that is how it seems. I am going to speculate that this may have more to do with some personal thing between Davidoff & Dickey and that K.B. showed some what I hate to say is cowardice to wait until Dickey was going to be traded to express what he thought of Dickey in agreeing with Davidoff. I guess your not truly a Met until your written negatively about in the media.
Finally, I read the post Joe D of Metsmerizedonline published where he talks about how individuals insulted his mother who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s Disease at a medical facility and how he was asked to “die already” over a disagreement about baseball? When I see the things people are capable of doing in the news and then after they happen you read about some of what these people would say in the social media. You really have to question if it’s worth getting into exchanges with people that have no problem wishing the death of or often talking about how they would like to inflict harm on others over something as meaningless as baseball?
In closing I want to add that a member of the RDM community had a new member join his family with the birth of his son who will probably be nicknamed round these parts Lil TX. Congrats, Good luck and God Bless to your baby boy TX.