Multiple reports have said R.A. Dickey will accept a two-year deal on top of the $5 million owed to him 2013.
However, Dickey is looking for three years worth of money, a team insider told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.
According to Rubin, the Mets will only trade Dickey if the other team is willing to overpay, adding:
“A team insider elaborated that the Mets have all eyes on 2014. … The person pledged the Mets would be far more active in free agency next offseason. … The Mets do not want a trade return for Dickey that would primarily help in 2013. They could just keep Dickey if the primary interest was on next season. Instead, the Mets want a safe bet to seriously contribute in 2014.”
In a report for FanGraphs.com, Dave Cameron took a statistical look at each side and says Mets should certainly be asking teams for two of their top three prospects, plus another player (or something similar to what the Red Sox gave the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez a few years ago).