According to FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal, via Twitter, the New York Mets are not ruling out trading their best pitcher, R.A. Dickey. New York Post columnist Joel Sherman had also mentioned this news stating that the Mets could potentially trade the rare knuckleballer.
After picking up the 2013 options on their All-star third baseman David Wright and 2012 Cy Young finalist R.A. Dickey, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and his team are currently working on signing both players to a long-term deal, but in the case that negotiations go sour, then trades could certainly happen.
Courtesy of ESPN, Alderson briefly explained his position.
“I would hate to give up, for different reasons, an R.A. Dickey or a Jonathon Niese or a Dillon Gee, but it is our strength and it’s something we would have to entertain,” he said. “I don’t want you to leave here thinking we’re going to trade a starting pitcher and that’s an absolute. But it’s logical for us to consider that.”
As general manager, Alderson faces a tough situation, as the New York Mets’ roster was simply not good last year or the season before that. The Mets’ outfield has to be taken into serious consideration so a possible “big bat” in the outfield could make sense for a trade.
The Mets’ bullpen is also one that should demand attention. Ranked last in the National League in ERA at 4.98, someone needs to go.
All in all, the strength of the Mets revolve around their starting rotation. Rookie pitcher Matt Harvey impressed many fans last season and should continue to evolve into a good pitcher. Jonathon Niese had a record of 13-9 last year and still is working on being more consistent. Sandy Alderson certainly has some chips to play with if he wants to gamble.
While we love R.A. Dickey, if the Mets want to be anywhere close to being competitive next year, trading Dickey to get solid players might not be a bad idea. The Mets’ fans don’t want to hear that at all, but it’s important that the Mets’ evaluate all options when it comes to their pitching rotation. It’s the one thing that has the potential to keep New York afloat.
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