Could the Mets still trade Dickey, even if he signs extension?

A team official told the New York Post that he is not sure if a contract extension for R.A. Dickey would guarantee that he also isn’t traded this winter.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Well, that’s interesting. I hadn’t considered that an option, though I have had several fans suggest this to me on Twitter, email and the podcast. At his age, and the unpredictability of his pitch, I would think Dickey actually has more value on the trade market with one-year and $5 million due to him, than he would with – say – three years and $30 million… but maybe I’m wrong. I still think if the Mets are going to keep, which is seemingly more likely every day, it’s to keep him. They want a young, major-league bat for Dickey, which they have yet to be offered, according to the Daily News, and I don’t see how that changes with a contract extension.

Previous updates and information on R.A. Dickey...

Contract: The Mets exercised their $5 million option for Dickey for 2013. He can become a free agent after next season.

Stats: Dickey went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, having allowed 192 hits and 54 walks with 230 strikeouts in 233 2/3 innings. He became the first Met to win 20 games since Frank Viola in 1990, and won the 2012 National League Cy Young Award.

Nov. 20: The Mets want a ‘monster package’ for Dickey, which is likely a few high-end prospects, major leaguers, outfielders and catching help, Andy Martino says in today’s Daily News.

Nov. 19: The Mets and Dickey have been discussing a two-year contract extension, though Dickey is looking for more than $10 million a season, reports the New York Post.

Nov. 16: The Mets are likely offering Dickey a two-year, $20 million extension, though he was initially looking for at least three years beyond 2013, Matthew Cerrone has said on MetsBlog.